December 2017 newsletter
Tragedy at the AF Fresno office
Some of you may have seen this on the news. Our beloved AF Fresno lost it's office space in a fire on Dec. 4, 2017. While this is a serious loss to our organization, this space does not define who we are. We are committed to our mission to serve the community with French language classes and to spread "liberty, fraternity and equality." We will continue to provide classes and events, but we will require some understanding and flexibility on the part of our members and students. We plan on keeping a full schedule of events and classes in new locations while we search for a new home. Please be patient with us as we search for alternative venues and dates.

If you would like to help us rebuild our organization, you can go to our website and make a donation. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the donation button.


Our French Polynesian Luau was spectacular!
In this photo:
Alena Lee, Turouru Temorere, Gil Avérous, Esmeralda Soria, Jean Yves Hugon, Denise Ulrich, Back row: Mark Sutton, Scott Donaghe, Toney Henry, Terry Cox
Thank you to all who helped make this happen, especially Turouru Temorere, Gil Avérous, our honored guests. Alena Lee and Toney Henry were wonderful emcees. We could not have done this without the help of Central Unified School District, Superintendent Mark Sutton, and our sponsors: Air Tahiti Nui, Viva Skateboards, Eye-Q Vision, EMC School textbooks, and the Central High School French club.
Thank you to our partner, Fresno Filmworks, for bringing this great film to Fresno.
Thank you to Cineculture, Mary Husain, Rose Marie Kuhn and the two directors, Paul Calori and Kostia Testut for bringing a special evening of music and film.
Fresno Filmworks and the Alliance Française of Fresno present:
"Faces Places"
Jan. 12, 2018 at 5:30 and 8:30
Tower Theater
Fresno Filmworks presents the French documentary “Faces Places,” Agnes Varda and photographer and muralist J.R.’s film following their journey through rural France as they photograph locals. Sharing a lifelong passion for images, 89-year old Agnes Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33 year-old French artist J.R. travel around the villages of France in J.R.’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-sized portraits of them. The documentary focuses not only on the stories told through these images, but the relationship behind the artists themselves, showing us how the power of art can bring people together. Presented in French with English subtitles. Assistive listening services are not available for this film.

For more information or tickets, visit:
Noël Potluck is canceled.
In light of the loss of our space, the Christmas potluck will be canceled. We wish you all a "Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année!"
AFF Book Club
We still intend to hold our book club meeting at a new place. Once a venue has been found, an email will be sent out updating everyone on the new date and place. Thank you for your cooperation.

For our first AFF book club, we will be reading Antoine Laurain's book: Le chapeau de Mitterand. You can also read it in English: The President's Hat.
This is a link to Amazon where you can get either version:

Last we checked, there were many copies still available, but the AFF is not responsible if Amazon sells out.

Watch this video of an interview with the author:

French classes begin on Jan. 16, 2018
We plan on offering the full range of French classes, beginning on Jan. 16, 2018. We will send out a schedule with teachers and locations as soon as we can. In the meantime, for more information, you can contact your teacher if you are already enrolled or the Director of Study, Patience Tshimika-Varin at
Alliance Française of Fresno
Fresno, CA 93726