About l'Alliance Française



L’Alliance Française is the largest network of French language and cultural centers in the world. The Alliances across the world are dedicated to promoting French language and francophone culture in order to foster relationships between people of all nationalities, ethnicities, and races. There are:
  1. Over 1,000 Alliance chapters in the world
  2. Over 136 countries have at least one city with an Alliance Française
  3. 114 chapters in the United States
La fondation Alliance française
La fédération des Alliances françaises aux Etats-Unis


L’Alliance Française de Washington, D.C. was founded in 1949 as a social club and became an officially incorporated organization in 1965.  The AFDC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-governmental organization that is not subsidized by the French government. It is an educational, cultural association headed by a Franco-American Board of directors.

The AFDC is the leading center in the Washington, D.C. metro area for French language services and francophone resources.  The goal of the Alliance is to challenge and enrich the lives of the D.C. community by offering the chance to connect with people of different backgrounds and cultures in order to better understand and appreciate the greater global community.

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