Who We Are
We are a cultural center passionate about promoting the French language and celebrating all francophone cultures.
The Alliance Française de Durham-Raleigh-Chapel Hill is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the state of North Carolina. We are part of the Alliance Française global network that dates from 1883 and spans 138 countries with over 1100 chapters.
We foster an appreciation for French language and culture, and maintain a center which serves as a resource for individuals, universities, corporations and cultural groups to learn more about French-speaking countries and their peoples.
Our mission is to promote the French language and Francophone cultures, in order to foster exchanges and friendships between Francophiles of all walks of life in the Triangle.
Why Learn French?
French is the native language of over 200 million people on 5 continents and the second language of millions more. It is the most widely taught second language after English.
French is an official language in 29 countries and one of the official languages of the African Union, the European Union, the Council of Europe, FIFA, the International Court of Justice, Interpol, NATO, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, The United Nations and its agencies, the Red Cross, the International Postal Union, the International Olympic Committee and the World Trade Organisation.
La Francophonie, an international organisation of countries which are French speaking or include a prevalence of French speakers, has 55 member states.