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. A book-signing will follow the luncheon.

Les Événements events
Cognac Workshop & Tasting
Demain! Thursday, Oct 5| 6 to 8 pm
In this curated experience, join AFMSP in learning about cognac. Discover its roots and how it has kept up its reputation through history. Tasting will feature traditional grades, as well as some unique infusions created by Maison Hardy.|  Read more
P'tit Dej & Afoutayi Haitian Dance
Saturday, Oct 7| 9:30 to 11:30 am
Café et Culture! Join us for an opening 
presentation about Haitian culture, with a dance demonstration by Djenane of Afoutayi, as they kick off their annual Haitian celebration. Following the presentation,
 socialize and converse en français over
 coffee and  les pains et les petits pains grace à Breadsmith. |  Read more

Navigateurs de la littérature
Wednesday, Oct 11| 6 to 8 pm
Join Sabina and Charlotte 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 Summer Ave, St Paul). Business casual attire, everyone is welcome|  Read more

Apéro de la Rentrée
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.| Read more

October boasts a large selection of events, including a special presentation about la laïcité by former French Minister of Justice  Christiane Taubira and a morning seminar with the new French Consul General in Chicago. See our full  calendar!

Adult Classes
Fall Session: Sept 11-Nov 19
It's not too late to join a 10-week class! Classes began last week. You can also still register for one-day workshops, and five-week classes which begin mid-October.
View the full schedule here.

Five-Week Classes and One-Day Workshops
-In Minneapolis, St Paul, Edina and Rochester
- Original Topics Classes like 150 Years of Canada with Francine
-Five-Week Review Classes begin the week of Oct 16
-Workshops in October and November: Beyond Beaujolais, Negation and Article Review
-Discover French cuisine: Cooking with Valérie in French and English
- And... a five-week French théâtre class with Alexie!

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 beginning mid-October

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

This Week Seasonal Fall Cooking: Saturday, Oct 7 from 1 to 3 pm (only 3 spaces remain!)
Next Week  Pâte à Choux: Monday, Oct 9 from 9 am to 12 pm, Tuesday, Oct 10 from 6 to 9 pm, and Saturday, Oct 14 from 1 to 4 pm

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. Most classes are held on Saturdays. It's not too late to register. 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
Reserve your place by next Tuesday, Oct 10! 

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
  • Vouvray, Bourillon-Dorleans, La Bourdonnerie, Demi-Sec, 2014
  • 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

Citroen CV2 for Sale
1985 Citroen 2CV.  One of the last of the French-built 2CVs.  I have owned the car for 20 delightful years and have driven it an average of only 400 miles per year.  It has ALWAYS been garaged (and never driven after September or before May).  The car has only 33,200 miles/53,400 km.  $12,000, or best offer.  Contact Desmond at .

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.   

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: Oct 8-14
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 and join us at P'tit Dej on Saturday, Oct 7 as Djenane Saint Juste, founder and choreographer of Afoutayi, offers a preview dance performance! 

Parov Stellar 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
Check out this video from his new album "The Burning Spider":