La Nocturne


Don’t be a stranger! Join the Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul at our free open house Thursday, November 21 at 5pm for an evening of French language and culture.

Get to know the staff, members and teachers, then immerse yourself in a sample class. Later, mingle over hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine before sharing your favorite existentialist quote during our one minute open mic. Even learn a thing or two about the famous French author Albert Camus, as we continue our month long celebration of the centennial of his birth with a look-a-like contest at the event. End the night with a tour of our historic building by candlelight, catacombs and all.

Sneak Peak (3): Bastille Day 2013!

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Preview Ackerman’s music and be sure to check out his site!

– Sylvia Springer, Blog Responsable

Sneak Peak (2): Bastille Day 2013!

Bringing you another SNEAK PEAK of what’s to come this year as we Bring in the Bastille! Among other performers, you can expect to see the Southside Aces performing at our Sofitel locale!

Missed the first Sneak Peak? Cliquez ici:

Don’t forget to check out the Bastille Day Blog:

Cannes in MSP: Les Films d’Été

Didn’t make it to Cannes for the 66th film festival last month? Vous inquietez pas! We have free monthly movies here chez nous!

This month’s CinéClub featured 2010′s Pièce Montée. Join us July 19 for 38 Témoins (2012) and August 23 for Memory Lane (2012).

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Interested in learning more about the Cannes Film Festival? Check out the following links.

Cannes 2013 Winners:

History of the Cannes Film Festival:

Best/Worst 2013 Cannes Films:

All Films Featured at the 2013 Festival:

– Sylvia Springer, Blog Responsable

2013 Summer Workshops and Kids Camps

Individual Afternoon Workshops:

Looking to brush up on your language skills? Check out our Pronunciation 1 workshop or Temps du passé workshop. You’ll increase your knowledge of those tricky French phonetics and review all past tenses (passé recent, passé composé, and l’imparfait).

Our summer cultural workshops feature the 100th anniversary of the Tour de France, Le Bon Pain – or Great Bread France is known for, as well as les Bandes Dessinées. As the Tour de France turns 100, come look at how the Tour has changed over the past century. In our Bon Pain atelier, you’ll discover the role bread plays in French culture and the politics surrounding its production with the opportunity to taste some of the finest French breads our local Twin Cities bakeries have to offer. If you’re looking for something on the more whimsical side, spend an afternoon discovering Francophone comics then make sure to stop by and use your newfound knowledge at the MCAD artists in residence project “Pierre Feuille Ciseaux” right next door to us at Aria.

Pronunciation Part 1 – Saturday, June 29 1-4 pm
Les 100 ans du Tour de France - Saturday, July 13 1-4 pm
Les temps du passé – Saturday, August 3 1-4 pm
Le Bon Pain - Saturday, August 10 1-4 pm
Bandes Dessinées - Saturday, August 17 1-4 pm

Camps for Kids:

We have camps throughout the summer for preschool through high school each with an individualized theme chosen based on class composition. Past themes have ranged from music to the visual arts to cultural topics. Children learn through engaging activities designed by our fabulous instructors. There will also be an Atelier de théâtre with playwright and actor, Mohammed Yabdri for experienced French students.

Additional Questions? Contact us at For inquiries regarding class enrollment contact

Paris in MSP: Marché aux Puces


Just as summer is the season for garage sales here in Minnesota, it is also the time to check out the fabulous flea markets of Paris. You have the chance to check one out without the cost of a plane ticket! The Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul is holding a flea market in our Grande Salle. Just as in Paris, you never know what treasures you’ll find! Be sure to stop by on June 21 for the preview and then return the next day to make your purchases.


Preview Friday, June 21

2 to 5 pm, $2 admission

General Public Saturday, June 22

10 am to 2 pm, free entry

Vous voulez un peu plus d’info? Cliques ici : Marche aux Puces 2013(1)

– Sylvia Springer, Blog Responsable

Photos courtesy of Candice McGraw – and