May We? Mais Oui: La Nouvelle Orléans!
Annual Fundraising Benefit for Alliance Française
Wednesday, May 3 | 6-10 pm | at the Metropolitan Ballroom 

Reserve your place  online, or by calling AFMSP- 612 332 0436!

Join Alliance Française in celebrating New Orleans for our 8th annual Gala, featuring live Dixieland jazz by the Jack Brass Band while enjoying a three-course Cajun feast and the talents of Maîtresse de Cérémonie Cyndy Brucato.  Sample the finest French wines while having your future divined by palm and tarot card readers. Let yourself be guided through an extensive selection of live and silent auction items hosted by Kurt Johnson.  Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Alliance Française in its mission to promote French-speaking cultures from around the world in our community. We hope to see you there! 

Want to learn more details about la Nouvelle Orléans, en français? Join us this Saturday for a workshop from 1-4 pm. 
CinéClub: Silent Short Animated Films by Serge Avidikian
Thursday, April 20| 6:30-8 pm

In April we present a special edition of CinéClub, welcoming French-Armenian director Serge Avidikian to discuss his films. |  Read more and view the trailers
Club Vélo Kick-Off Ride
Friday, April 21|6-8 pm

Time to get ready for our Club Vélo Kick-off ride for 2017! We will meet at the Alliance Française at 6 pm to plan out rides for the year and meet new members. Then we'll take a short ride down the Cedar Lake trail and back to the AF. | Learn more
Lectures Faciles: Beginner Book Club
Saturday, April 22 | 2:30-3:30 pm

*Change of Date* 
During the April meeting of Lectures Faciles, continue reading La belle histoire de Leuk-le-Lièvre by Léopold Senghor. This group reads the text together, taking turns reading aloud. Practice your pronunciation and comprehension with volunteers, Lisle and Brian.|  Read more
Élections Présidentielles en France : Résultats du 1er tour
le dimanche 23 avril |12-2 pm

Français, Françaises et amis américains,
Vivons ensemble ce moment important dans la bonne humeur!
Ramenons chacun notre pique-nique et retrouvons nous dimanche pour une retransmission en direct des résultats du premier tour des élections présidentielles Françaises | RSVP here

See our full calendar!
Spring Session Classes
Rochester Classes are Open for Registration
Offerings include Advanced Conversation and Current Events with Damien, Beginner Conversation with Jacques and Sandra, and a book club with Damien! Membership to AFMSP is recommended but not required. We suggest that you call AFMSP to register: 612 332 0436. 
View the class options  here .
Intensive French Classes
Looking to spring forward with your French? Join our 5-week Beginner Intensive in May and June. Excel through Beginner levels 1-3. This class is confirmed and has limited space remaining.
T/Th/F 9 am-12 pm and W 10 am-12 pm (May 9- June 6)
Saturday, April 22 from 1-4 pm
Go beyond stereotypes and discover the heart and soul of this city influenced by the French language and culture. Anne and Charlotte will touch on architecture, gastronomy, music and culture as we prepare for our New Orleans-themed Gala in May! Please register by Friday at noon! Pre-Req: BE5+

Saturday, April 29 from 1-4 pm
Review all past tenses (le passé récent, le passé composé, l'imparfait...) with Karine in this one-day workshop and make for clearer comprehension and expression. These three hours will revolutionize your French! Pre-Req: BE5+

Saturday, May 13 from 1-4 pm
Looking for some new ideas for snack, dessert or even as part of a meal ? Damien will share some sweet and savory recipes for cake tout en français. Beginner 2 and above. The date of this class has changed from what was originally published.

View all workshop options  here

Unsure of your level? Take our placement test
Alliance Française for Kids and Teens kids

Upcoming Event for Teens
This Saturday, high schoolers can take a guided tour of MIA en français! Led by MIA docent, explore the MIA's permanent collection while using your French! The tour will begin at 11 am. RSVP by tomorrow to Alexie to reserve your place. Space is reserved for ados ages 14-18. 

Préparez-vous aux voyages!
Summer camps open for registration! This summer AF will host weekly summer camps for les petits et grands voyageurs. Membership is recommended but not required. Contact AFMSP for more information. See the selection of camps here. Early Bird Discount expires April 30!

High School Scholarships
Each year, Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul awards six local high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors with a one-year scholarship to language classes. The scholarship program covers all membership fees, tuition and materials for the student for one calendar year, a total value of $2,000 per participant. Learn more and apply here. Deadline is April 30!
Les annonces    annonces

Formation pour professeurs de Français Langue Etrangère
Comment encourager et débloquer l'expression orale en classe ?
Dimanche 7 mai 2017 de 9h30 à 15h30. Présentée par Pierre-Yves ROUX, Formateur et responsable de l'unité expertise et projets au Centre International d'Etudes Pédagogiques (CIEP) et spécialiste du français langue étrangère.  $25 par participant, réservez vos places par téléphone ou en ligne

Join Bastille Day Committee
Do you enjoy planning events and love AFMSP? Join our Bastille Day Committee. Committee members help in the planning of this year's celebration. Some planning is already underway, and the date is set for Sunday, July 9. With interest contact Maggie

Book Donations on Hold
We are very grateful for all of the donations of French language books that we receive from members of the community. This year we have received so many that we respectfully ask to hold donations until a later date, to give our library committee a chance to catch up on registering books into our system. Merci beaucoup de votre compréhension!

AF Membership Pricing Will Change in July
At the beginning of our new fiscal year AF member rates are going up. This increase will help to support our programming and our efforts to promote French language and French speaking cultures within our community. Renew your membership prior to July 1 to take advantage of a reduced rate AND help us meet our member goal of 1200 members! 
While supplies last, renewing members receive a $10 off card to The Sanctuary restaurant on Washington Ave S. The Sanctuary is owned by French chef, Patrick Atanalian. 

Minneapolis International Film Festival
Minneapolis and Rochester: April 13-29
$1 off Tickets to French Language Films for AF Members

View the full list of French films, with times and theaters  here

Today is Canada Day! 
AF Members Receive $8 Tickets to Two Canadian Films

Three women-a federal deputy, a president, and a mediator-meet to determine the economic future of a small island, and face condescension and outright sexism in this "[K]iller satire..." Program: Emerging Filmmaker Competition, World Cinema, Women and Film. Directed by Chloé Robichaud. Canada. 2016. French w/English subtitles. 100 min. Narrative feature.
Wednesday, April 19 at 5:00pm, St. Anthony Main Theatre, Minneapolis
Starring Marion Cotillard. When Louis, a gifted playwright, returns home to tell his family that he is dying, he is interrupted, berated, ignored, and almost physically abused. "It's Only the End of the World is confrontational absurdism: a fascinating, sustained assault." -The Guardian Program: World Cinema. Directed by Xavier Dolan. Canada. 2016. French w/English subtitles. 97 min. Narrative feature.
Wednesday, April 19 at 7:20pm, St. Anthony Main Theatre, Minneapolis

Purchase tickets at the box office and show your AFMSP member card to receive the discount! 
AF Members Receive Discounts to Select Shows
Minnesota Opera presents La Bohème

Lose your heart to the timeless love story that has moved audiences for generations. In Puccini's classic tale, six young Parisian artists survive on nothing but their friendship and the promise of a love so strong it transcends even death. Heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measure, this  time-honored story - the inspiration behind Rent - is one of the most popular romances of all time. 

20% discount to La Bohème: May 13, 16, 18, 19 & 21
AF members are extended a 20% discount on up to 4 seats (regularly priced $55-$200). 
JCD Participants and AF "Youth" Members can purchase $40 tickets
Participants in AF's Jeunes Cadres Dynamiques and AF Members who are 25 and under, are extended the Opera's Tempo discount for young professionals! Purchase up to 4 tickets at a rate of $30 each (on tickets regularly priced $55-$115. Service charges may apply. Valid performances include May 13, 16, 18, 19 & 21. 

To receive the discount codes email our office or call 612 332 0436.
Purchase tickets via phone (612 333 6669) or online. More info on the opera here
Citroen 2CV For Sale
This Classic Car Could be Yours!

1972 Citroen 2CV with 28 hp 602cc engine for sale. Less than 2,000 miles since body off restoration in the Netherlands, and less than 1,000 miles on an engine professionally rebuilt in the Netherlands by Burton Car Company and installed here in the Twin Cities. Original Citroen paint color Ivoire Borely. Full documentation available. $22,000. Contact Orie via phone 612 867 5084 or email
Autour des Villes Jumelles

Minnesota is this year's guest at the Foire de Tours: May 5-14
After years of planning, the time has come - Minnesota will be the featured guest at the  Foire de Tours in our French sister city May 5-14! An exhibition similar to our state fair, the Foire highlights gastronomy, regional specialties, consumer products, live entertainment and more. Minnesota will have a dedicated exhibit space to showcase everything that makes the north star state unique including an eatery headed by award-winning chef  Sean Sherman preparing indigenous foods and hometown favorites such as wild rice and walleye. Head to our blog for a  Q&A with Sean and  like us on Facebook to view photos from our exhibit! Visit the Mpls & Tours Sister City website for more information!

Seeking French Speaking Nanny in July
We have had twins - a boy and a girl - in April. I (their mother) will be on maternity leave through July. Assuming all goes as planned, we would like a French-speaking nanny to start with a part time schedule for a week or two in mid-July, then begin a full-time workweek schedule once I return to work in August. Our ideal candidate is a fluent French speaker. The twins' father (my husband) is a French citizen, and the twins will be too, so we are committed to exposing them to the language as much as possible, as early as possible. Our ideal candidate is also an animal lover, because the twins have four non-human siblings - two adorable terrier dogs, a fat cat, and the secret boss of them all, my canary, The Bird. We hope to find someone who is caring, patient, safety conscious, and skillful. Let us know if that is you! Non-smokers only, please, with your own transportation. Contact Claire.  

Great-Paying Opportunity for Canadian French Speakers!
Hirenomics Legal is hiring a team of Canadian French speakers to handle calls on a very large project expected to run for several months in Minneapolis.  Full-time and part-time opportunities available.  No prior experience other than Canadian French fluency necessary. Great pay, flexible hours!  Call John Goltz at 612-200-8301 or email him

Hirenomics Legal is a Minnesota-based, woman-owned legal contract staffing and retained search firm. We are excited to provide qualified candidates with positions in law firms and corporations in the Twin Cities. Benefits include:
  • Aggressive hourly pay rates
  • Bonus program
  • Holiday pay
  • Referral bonus program starting at $100
French Engineering Student Seeks Summer Internship
Louise is a family friend of one of our instructors, Virginie. If you have any ideas that might help her in finding an internship, please email here. See her message below.


I'm a first year engineering student at INSA engineering School in Lyon, France. I'm looking for a "worker" internship in a factory for July- August (starting 21st June).
I would be very happy if I could join your team for this summer.

I will gladly send my resume upon request.
Louise Plouzeau

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