The Alliance Française was created in 1883 in Paris to encourage the propagation of the French language and culture and to foster friendly relations between France and the rest of the world. It is a non-governmental, non-profit organization with the largest network of French language and cultural centers in the world. There are 1,200 Alliance chapters in 112 countries, including 140 chapters in the United States, serving over 400,000 students. The French language is spoken on five continents and by more than 180 million people.
In the summer of 2000 the Alliance Française of Sacramento was officially recognized by l'Alliance Française de Paris and la Délégation Générale de l'Alliance Française USA in Washington DC and became the newest chapter in California. Our chapter has over 600 members and offers language classes of beginning through advanced French as well as several special interest classes, classes for children and individual tutoring.
Besides language instruction, we offer a variety of cultural and social activities. Many of our members share their passions for French cuisine, travel, art and music. We cordially invite anyone with an interest in French language or culture to join us for a class or an event and we look forward to meeting you here at the Sacramento French Center.
Our library contains classic literature and light reading for members to borrow, as well as current magazines and periodicals for you to catch up on news and views from France. We also have a large collection of French videos and DVDs available for members to borrow at a modest charge. This collection is constantly updated and contains something for all tastes. The international 24-hour French channel, TV5 Monde, is always available on our large-screen television.
If theater is your passion, we collaborate regularly with California Stage to produce a one act play in both French and English. Our members participate as actors and stagehands to create this popular and well-attended production.
The Alliance Française does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation.