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Mission and Network

The Alliance Française's mission is threefold:

Teaching the French language around the world;

Promoting the culture of French-speaking countries;

Encouraging cultural diversity.

A Worldwide Network

The Alliance Française is a global network of 832 French language and cultural centres in 131 countries around the world. It is part of the French government's cultural network: Cultural Services of French Embassies / Institut Français / Alliance Française.


Each Alliance Française is a not-for-profit society, operated under local legislation and is managed by a board of Directors elected among the members of the association.


The network in figures


512,000 learners per year, including individuals and corporate clients

210,000 candidates for exams

29.2 million hours of classes delivered


14,100 employees, including 8,800 teachers

3 million website visits per month

4.3 million Facebook followers!


Source: Data journal 2019