Where French Culture Meets the Twin Cities

For a century, Alliance Française has been promoting French language and French-speaking cultures through language classes, social and cultural events and information resources in Minnesota. An independent chapter of a world-wide organization, AFMSP is the 6th largest in the United States.



We believe immersion is the best means of learning French and we owe our success to that philosophy. From the moment you walk through the door, nous parlons français! Our instructors come from France and other French-speaking countries, trained in teaching French as a foreign language. In our classes, students enjoy a simultaneous cultural and linguistic education. Come join a community of French-speakers and Francophiles!


French Classes

We offer adult and youth classes in 10-week sessions. Registration opens six weeks before the beginning of the session, and our classes follow the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) levels. Learn more

Resources for French Teachers

Many programs, resources and opportunities are available for teachers and their students. AFMSP offers field trips, a HS scholarship program, and continuing education workshops for educators of French as a foreign language. Learn more →

Cultural Programming

We host 150+ events throughout the year for French speakers and Francophiles of all ages. AFMSP hosts a wide variety of concerts, films, lectures, and conferences. Monthly activities include film groups and book clubs. Learn more

Social EVents

Each July the Alliance Française hosts a family-friendly Bastille Day celebration at Landmark Plaza in downtown St Paul. French-speaking cultures are represented through live music, wonderful food, and a marketplace. Learn more →

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a world language

More than 300 million people speak French on the five continents. French is the second most widely learned foreign language after English, and the fifth most widely spoken language in the world.

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