Let’s Rebuild Notre-Dame Together
Donation
The entire Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul famille was heartbroken when we saw Notre-Dame de Paris, an indelible symbol of Paris and France, in flames.

That this tragedy happened during Holy Week, the most important week on the Catholic calendar, adds to the sadness of many Parisians, who worship there for Easter Sunday. Like all tragedies of this magnitude, watching something that loomed so large succumb to fire is absolutely devastating and hurts us to the core.

We are grateful for the heroic firefighters who saved much of the beloved landmark and its irreplaceable art and artifacts, and overcome by the outpouring of support from our friends here and around the world. 

To help us rebuild Notre-Dame to its former glory please consider donating to the Friends of Notre-Dame . As President Macron said, “This cathedral, Notre-Dame, We will rebuild it. All together. It is part of our French destiny.”
Lane Rosenthal, owner of tour company Paris Off Script and AF member, shares with us her feelings and some emotional photos about this tragedy. Merci Lane pour ce partage rempli d'émotions!
Gala Benefit: La vie de château
Please note that all events and adults classes will be held at our new location, at 227 Colfax Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55405, unless otherwise noted.
En vedette ce mois-ci!
Wine Tasting
An Aromatic Wine Journey Through Alsace
Wednesday, April 24 at 6:30 pm

Explore one of the most prestigious wine regions in the world and explore the aromas and flavors of five Alsace’s wine from Crémant d’Alsace to Grand Cru. An opportunity to get a taste of the diversity of Alsatian terroirs.

Nous vous invitons à trinquer à notre prochain voyage en Alsace et Bourgogne en compagnie de Megan Larsen, Francophone wine director at Young Joni.
Earth Day
Agir pour la planète, un geste à la fois
Saturday, April 27 at 2 pm

Delphine Pilarski, founder of MyZeroKit, started a sustainable lifestyle to achieve zero waste goal. Paris réussi! Elle a désormais sa propre entreprise de consultation to share her expertise and offer practical advice on waste reduction and sustainability – at home!

Join us for a family day of hands-on activities and discussion of how we can protéger notre planète!

Conference Zéro Déchet, ateliers pour devenir les super Héros de la planète, ...même les Barbapapas seront là!
Classes
Experience immersion
Learning French from the ground up? Get a head start now with our Beginner Intensive course to complete level A1 in just 5 weeks!
Starts on May 6 . 4 days/week.
Learn French fast and easily
By taking our 5-week beginner classes, you will be able to master the French language and be able to express yourself spontaneously with native speakers.
Starts on May 7 . Tue & Thur, 6-9 pm.
Refresher Classes
Looking to go the extra mile? We've got good news for you: with our review classes, f ine tune your language skills. Starting in early May . For all levels.
Je parle français!
Flex your French-speaking muscles by chatting about anything and everything en français during our 5-week Conversation classes. 
Starting in early May . For levels A2, B1 and C1/C2.
Gourmandise et mignardises!
We’re always a bit sad to see a great meal come to a close, but we can count on the arrival of mignardises to lift our spirits. Learn how to make sweet mignardises with Anne Dargent-Wallace, AFMSP’s Chef, and dazzle your friends and family. May 18, from 2 to 4:30 pm at 113 N First Street.
Summer registration for adults 10-week Intensive Classes starts this Saturday. Stay tuned!
Read and discuss about the contemporary novel, La Délicatesse by David Foenkinos during our topics classes . Starts on May 9
Dive deeper into French culture with the workshop, Le français par le jeu, led by Anne-Sophie on April 27.
High School Scholarship
Are you a high school student in grade 9-11 who is passionate about French? Want to take your French to the next level? We are accepting scholarship applications from high school students now.
À l'agenda
Les Petits Penseurs: La colère
This Saturday, April 20, 2:30 pm
113 N First Street
If there is one thing that kids love to do, it’s asking questions. From the age of three, children enter the age of “Why?”

Let your kids 4-8 express themselves about la colère (anger). They will interact in French while expressing their ideas on this topic through stories, games and discussion.
Book Club: La tresse
Wednesday, May 8, 7 pm
227 Colfax Ave N
Our Navigateurs de la littérature French Book Club welcomes new and returning participants to discuss about La Tresse by Laetitia Colombani, a wonderful story about Three women, three corners of the world, three different cultures. Three lives shaken by an event that unexpectedly weaves their fates together. Read more.
Please note that the conference with Dominique François, announced in Le Courrier , about the history of Normandy during WWII has been rescheduled.
Élections européennes
Samedi 25 mai
De 8 h à 18 h
227 Colfax Ave N

Albertine Prize
Prix Jeunesse
We are excited to support the Prix Albertine Jeunesse. The theme of the 2018-19 prize selection is “heroes and heroines.” Les livres viennent tout juste d'arriver au French Corner Bookstore. Let your kids 3-11 vote for their favorite books between May 1-15 online. Bonne lecture et bon vote!
Albertine Prize Authors
The Albertine Prize, a readers' choice award, aims to highlight five new works by authors from the many countries where French is spoken, reminding us that languages and literature transcend borders. This year’s shortlist includes three women and two men who hail from France, Rwanda, Morocco, Mauritius, and Iran. Discover and vote for your favorite book before April 30th.
Autour des villes jumelles
Minnesota Film Society – April 4 -20
The 2018 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) brings bold, exciting and moving works by emerging and veteran filmmakers to the Twin Cities April 4 - 20, 2019, presenting 250+ new films representing over 70 countries.  More details online.
Breaking the Ice - April 20
Are you looking for an opportunity to discover Surya Bonaly and Pete Biver's work? Join us this coming Saturday! Breaking the Ice will provide breathtaking skating by national and world champions as well as unexpected performances sure to inspire and delight; bringing people together across differences to share the joys and power of optimism and interconnectedness. Get your tickets.
Kirby Jambon: On French Immersion Education – April 18
Celebrated Franco-Louisianais poet Kirby Jambon will discuss some of his experiences with French Immersion schools in Louisiana and share some of his poetry inspired by his time in education. More details online.
A Rwandan story of healing and forgiveness – May 15
The author Denise Uwimana turned her extraordinary experience as a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide into a personal mission to provide material and spiritual assistance to fellow survivors. Join her for a conversation as she shares her testimony. Free. More details online.
Les petites annonces
Mademoiselle Miel needs help
Mademoiselle Miel needs help replacing bees that died over the winter. Their honey is crucial to making her delicious confections. Lets get her apiaries up and running again in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area! Please consider making a donation here to support them.
Are your children in a French immersion program?
As part of her master's degree in didactics of French as a foreign language, Charlotte is looking for parents who registered their children for a French immersion program. She would like to interview them by phone or Skype. Interested? Please email Charlotte Brunetaud.
Seeking a room to rent
Emma is looking for a room to rent in Minneapolis from May 4 to June 29 during her internship. Please email her.
Seeking Volunteers
Did you know that as a nonprofit organization, the Alliance has hundreds of volunteers that help us with events? As we are look forward to Bastille Day this summer, we need you! Contact Marie to find out about volunteering.
Merci beaucoup à nos sponsors!
Restons en contact!