In 1883 "L'association nationale pour la propagation de la langue francaise dans les colonies et a l'étranger" was founded. The Paris Alliance Française began the following year and was administered by, among others, Louis Pasteur, Jules Verne and Ferdinand de Lesseps.
Over the next two decades countries across many continents set up their own Alliance française, such as Mexico, Senegal, India, Australia and Canada.
Melbourne led the way in Australia, where Professor of Art, Berthe Mouchette, launched our first Alliance in 1890.
AF de Melbourne, Grey St., St Kilda
Paris, last Century
AF de Paris had just over 500 students in 1901, and almost 5000 in 1930.
The School for the Practice of the French Language opened at 101 Boulevard Raspail in 1919. It closed its doors during World War II. After Nazi control in Paris ended, "L'Ecole de Paris" reopened, changing its name in the 50s to "Ecole internationale de langue et de civilisation françaises".
Evidence of growth included the renovation and addition of another level at 101Bvd Raspail (1967) and the enrolment of 32000 students (1979).
Modern Times -
AF de Paris, 101 Bvd Raspail, Paris
On-line access has contributed to spectacular growth. Currently there are 850 Alliances located in 136 countries.