Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul 
and French community of the Twin Cities 
mourn the loss of Sister Jackie O'Hara

Nos sincères condoléances à ses proches. 

The Safe House | La Cache
A Luncheon Conversation with Author Christophe Boltanski
Friday, Oct 27 | 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
The Woman's Club of Minneapolis

When the Nazis came, Étienne Boltanski divorced his wife and walked out the front door. So far as the world knew, the Jewish doctor had fled. In fact, he has hidden himself away in a crawl space within his own home. Living there through the duration of the war, this story unfolds with anecdotes about this unusual family, recollected throughout each room of the house. 

Author Christophe Boltanski is a new, significant voice in the genre of the "true novel". He was awarded the 2015 Prix Femina for his novel La Cache. Mr. Boltanski's presentation will be in French with English translation. Books, in both French and English, will be available for purchase at the event and at Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul. A book-signing will follow the luncheon.

Nouveautés au French Corner bookshop! 

Are the 2017  lauréats of France's most prestigous literary awards among the  new titles available for puchase in our office?  

Stop in today and pick up a copy of
La Serpe 
by Philippe Jaenada, 
Nos Richesses  by Kaouther Adimi, 
L e Tour du Monde  du Roi Zibeline 
by Jean-Christophe Rufin. 

  Stay tuned for more new arrivals!
Les Événements events
Navigateurs de la littérature
Ce soir! Wednesday, Oct 11| 6 to 8 pm
Join Sabina and Ibou in discussing the novel, Je l'aimais par Anna Gavalda. You can purchase your copy of the book directly from AFMSP! This book club is geared towards intermediate-advanced French speakers. All are welcome to attend, discussion is led in French.|  Read more

Apéro en français
Thursday, Oct 12| 6 to 7:30 pm
Every second Thursday of the month, meet with other French speakers for Apéro en français at the University Club of St Paul (420 Summit Ave, St Paul). Business casual attire, everyone is welcome|  Read more

Apéro de la Rentrée
Crêpes et Conversation avec Jeunes Cadres Dynamiques
Thursday, Oct 19| 5 to 7 pm
Les Jeunes Cadres Dynamiques (AF's Young Professionals Group) et le Cercle Français de l'Université de Minnesota vous  invitent à célébrer l'apéritif de la rentrée. Rencontrez les nouveaux assistants français et d'autres étudiants, et jeunes cadres des Villes Jumelles à notre apéritif annuel. Venez préparer et déguster des crêpes dans la Grande Salle.| This event is reserved for university students, teaching assistants, and French-speakers/learners in their 20s and 30s.  Read more

La Laïcité et Murmures à la Jeunesse avec Christiane Taubira
Monday, Oct 23| 6:30 to 8:30 pm
L'Alliance Française a l'immense plaisir d'accueillir  Christiane Taubira, 
ancienne Ministre de la Justice en France,  pour une conversation sur   la laïcité   et sa dernière œuvre  Murmures à la Jeunesse
en français, modérée par Professeur Hakim Abderrezak de l'Université du Minnesota. L'introduction sera donnée par le nouveau Consul Général, M. Guillaume Lacroix.
This event is currently at capacity. To be added to the wait list please contact 612 332 0436. If you have already reserved your place, but know at this time that you have a conflict, please inform our office so that we can accommodate as many attendees as possible |  Read more
Seminar: Business News from France
Monday, Oct 23| 8 to 10 am
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
50 S Sixth St, Ste 1500, Mpls
Dorsey & Whitney LLP and Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul invite you to attend a seminar with Consul General Lacroix for an overview of new labor law and other investment news.  Be among the first to meet the newly-appointed Consul General of France, and learn about recent developments in France, the world's fifth largest economy. Reserve your place in advance!| Read more

Adult Classes
Five Week Classes Begin Next Week
View the full schedule here.

Five-Week Topics Classes 
- Mondays, Oct 16-Nov 13 from 6 to 8 pm: 150 Years of Canada with Francine and Genviève
-Wednesdays, Oct 18-Nov 19 from 1 to 3 pm: Tous au théâtre! with Alexie

Five-Week Review Classes 
Beginner Review 1: Wednesdays, Oct 18-Nov 15 from 10 am to noon
Beginner Review 2: Mondays, Oct 16-Nov 13 from 6 to 8 pm
Intermediate Review 1: Thursdays, Oct 19-Nov 16 from 10 am to noon
Advanced Review: Mondays, Oct 1-Nov 13 from 10 am to noon

One-Day Workshops
-Negation and Article Review: Saturday, Oct 28 from 1 to 4 pm
Let us guide you through a review of these pesky little words! Check your use of definite, indefinite, contracted and partitive articles. Make sense of when to use negation structures like ne...pas,, ne...que, pas de... For students  Beginner 5 + 
-Beyond Beaujolais Nouveau: Wednesday, Nov 15 from 6 to 8 pm
You're familiar with the Beaujolais nouveau wine that is ubiquitous in mid-November, but what about other wines from the same region? Take a trip with Damien and discover other wines from this area. For students Beginner 3 +

All fall classes are open for registration online
Register by phone: 612 332 0436

Classes in Rochester and St Paul  
Register here:
Rochester: French for Travelers
St Paul: Five Week Classes begin next week, including French for Travelers and La France d'Aujourd'hui

Cooking with Valérie
  Join Valérie to learn authentic French recipes and methods. 
Register here and view the full calendar. $75/class

This Week Pâte à Choux; French pastry dough:  Saturday, Oct 14, 1 to 4 pm 

Sign up for the next 4 week series (Week of Oct 23- Nov 13), or individual classes! 
Week 1: Specialties of Alsace
Week 2: Apéro time!
Week 3: Dauphine
Week 4: Winter Comfort Food

Unsure of your level? Take our placement test
Alliance Fran çaise for Kids and Teens

Fall Kids Classes Open for Registration
This selection includes grammar classes for Pre-K through 8th Grade.Contact us if you are interested in having your child join a group! We offer both Saturday and weekday homeschool classes.  Register  here

Alliance Française After-School Begins Late October
The Alliance Française is pleased to return to Kenwood,
Burroughs and  Hale  for a sixth year of after-school French classes! Our instructors are French-speakers with training and experience helping children discover the French language through fun, engaging activities

Les Djeunes : Halloween Party
Friday, Oct 27, 6 to 9 pm

N'ayez pas peur ...
On October 27, Alliance française will become a haunted house.  Put on your most terrifying costume, enter a French-themed pumpkin carving contest, e at spooky food, w atch a French scary movie... 

To RSVP, email Alexie :
Les Djeunes is AFMSP's French club for teens. Like any Djeunes event, it's free !
Les annonces  
Discover Senegal! A Guided Trip with AFMSP
January 26 to February 5, 2018
Last Chance to Reserve Your Place! 

Join AFMSP and discover the land of t eranga !  After learning about Senegal during our "mois de la francophonie" in March 2017, our members asked for an opportunity to visit there with  Alliance  Française .  Et voilà !

Beginning in Dakar, we will learn more about the country's history and rich cultures.  On our way north to Saint Louis, the former French capitol of West Africa, we will stop in the Lompoul Desert for lunch and a camel ride in the dunes.  After exploring Saint Louis and meeting local artists, we will travel south to Toubab Dialaw on the Petite-Côte, an area known for its beautiful beaches and artist colonies, with a stop in Thiès. 

This special opportunity is perfect for people with a sense of adventure, looking to discover new French-speaking countries! Read more about this trip!

AFMSP is Hiring a Children's Class Instructor
The Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul is currently accepting applications for French instructors specialized in children's classes. This is a part-time position, requiring availability on Saturdays and afternoons during the week. Read more here.


AF Member Special Offer
AF Members have the unique opportunity to purchase their beautiful Vouvray white and sparkling wines at a special rate through AFMSP!
Reserve your bottles or cases prior to Oct 21

Wine pouring

Grand-père Wines

Frederic Bourillon's family have been making wine at Rochecorbon for many generations. Documents show the estate was founded in 1875, but it was in the 1921 that Frédéric's great grandfather, Gaston, started to organize the estate as it is today. Since taking over, Frédéric has been a leading figure among younger Vouvray producers, developing earlier-drinking, more user-friendly styles of Vouvray, while maintaining the tradition of laying down great botrytis sweet wines in the best years. Fred is an amusing and original wine marketer, as well as a patron of the fine art of tufa cellar a visit to his wonderful 15 century cellars will testify.

Wines include:

  • Vouvray, Bourillon-Dorleans, Vielles-Vignes, La Coulée d'Argent, Sec, 2015
Light, bright gold. Racy, mineral-driven aromas of quince, lime and jasmine, with a strong undercurrent of talc. Firm and focused but not hard, offering tangy citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a touch of candied flowers. Finishes with very good sappy persistence and an echo of bitter quinine. -Josh Raynolds
  • Vouvray, Bourillon-Dorleans, La Bourdonnerie, Demi-Sec, 2014
Light, bright yellow. Fresh pear and nectarine aromas are complicated by dusty mineral and quinine qualities, with a touch of beeswax gaining power with air. Bitter pear skin and citrus pith flavors are complemented by a sweeter, deeper melon note and pick up a touch of anise on the back half. Already shows very good complexity but the zesty base of minerality suggests that this will reward patience. -Josh Raynolds


  • Vouvray, Bourillon-Dorleans, Helene Dorleans, Sparkling Brut, NV
Available at $22/bottle or $20/bottle when purchasing a 12 bottle case
Contact AFMSP to reserve your bottles! 612 332 0436
A portion of the profits go to Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul

Autour des Villes Jumelles

Balloonacy at the Minnesota Children's Theatre Company
Imagine a single balloon changing one person's life forever. It starts so simply: In this imagined sequel to Le Ballon Rouge, a balloon drifts through the window of a lonely old man's home on his birthday. Then something surprising happens- something silly, wonderful and so blissfully fun that you barely notice you've learned something special about friendship along the way. Perfectly designed with the preschooler in mind, and inspired by the classic French film  Le Ballon Rouge, rediscover play in this back by popular demand production!

Running now through November 12! AFMSP has a group of 4 tickets available for give-away! Be the first AFMSP member to send Anna the correct response to the following question: The original film Le Ballon Rouge, takes place in what neighborhood of Paris? 

Seeking a French-Speaking Roommate in October
French speaker looking for French roommate to share 2-bedroom duplex in Seward.  Rent + utilities $900/mo.  Call Melissa at 646 508 3786.  

Native French-Speaking Babysitter Seeks Position
Bonjour, I am a French native speaker from the South of France. I am 25 years old and I have a Master's Degree in Communication and Events.  I am in Minneapolis since 7 months and I am looking for a babysitting position.  I have a great deal of experience in babysitting children. You can contact me directly at my email address:

New AFMSP Member Seeks Accommodation While House-Hunting/ Do you rent a room on AirBNB?
Middle-aged woman, Francophile with reasonable French conversation skills, is returning to Minnesota after a long absence abroad. She needs a place to stay for a week while she looks to buy a house. Exact dates not known, but will be within the next couple of weeks. Will have a vehicle and work out her own meals -- only needs a place to sleep. Willing to pay something for the convenience. Please respond to

Haitian Cultural Festival: Through Oct 14
Join Afoutayi Dance Company for their 8th Annual Haitian Cultural Festival. Activities include a friendly soccer game, community gathering, boat ride, and dance performances and classes (Haitian, Congolese, Guinean, Afro Puerto Rican, Afro Cuban). For more information click here.

Parov Stelar at Myth
On Friday, Nov 3 electro-swing DJ/composer/musician Parov Stelar will perform at the Myth. This Austrian musician draws inspiration from lots of French music, and has work placed in a number of French films, and videos made in partnership with French companies and groups.  Buy tickets  here . We'll be offering a pair for giveaway via facebook and via a drawing at our Apéro de la Rentrée! 
Check out this video from his new album "The Burning Spider":