Annual meeting of the North American network of the Alliance Française
On October 23 and 24, the North American network of the Alliance Française meets for the first time at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C. The goal of the meeting is to exchange ideas on best pedagogic and outreach practices among chapter representatives in both the United States and Canada. The president of the Alliance Française Foundation, Jérôme Clément, as well as French Ambassador to the United States, Gérard Araud, attended the event.
Created in Paris in 1883 by a group of notable scholars that included novelist Jules Verne and diplomat Paul Cambon with the goal of promoting French language training and intercultural exchanges, the Alliance Française has since grown to include 180 chapters around the world, 120 of which are located in North America (111 in the United States and 9 in Canada).
About 150 guests are attending both days’ events, including presidents and board members of the different Alliance Française chapters in the United States and Canada. French publishers and institutions such as New York City based library “Albertine Books” and representatives from higher education group Campus France are in attendance, displaying information about their organizations.
Today, Ambassador Gérard Araud spoke to the group of Alliance Française representatives, praising the efforts of both American and Canadian chapters to strengthen the presence of French culture and francophonie in the United States. "The future of the organization rests more than ever on your shoulders", Mr. Araud told the audience.