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What is the difference between an Institut français and an Alliance française ?

The Institut français

Created on January the 1st of 2011, the Institut français has become the sole operator of France's international cultural missions. Acting under the supervision of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE), it is tasked with communicating our renewed ambitions for cultural diplomacy, contributing to France’s influence abroad through a strengthened dialogue with foreign cultures and by taking an approach prioritising listening and partnership.

The Alliance française


Created in 1883 in Paris, the Alliance française, a partner of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE), is now the world’s leading cultural network, with more than 800 locations in 137 countries across five continents. Every year, over 500,000 people of all ages come to learn the French language at Alliances françaises, and over 6 million people participate in their cultural activities. The network is coordinated by the Alliance française Foundation.

The Alliances françaises share three main missions:

- offering courses in the French language, in France and throughout the world, to all audiences;
- increasing awareness of French and Francophone cultures;
- promoting cultural diversity.

To find out more, visit the website of the Alliance Française Foundation

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