Not quite, since the French language and French culture are found throughout the globe. According to the Organisation international de la francophonie, French is spoken by 274 million people on 5 continents. For this edition, I’ll focus on France; future posts will cover the cultural activities of other countries which use French.
There are 67 French-related organizations in New York City, under the umbrella of the Committee of French-Speaking Societies. I’m just going to talk about just a few of them.
If you’re looking for French film, theatre, lectures, books or even lessons, here are some great places to start:
The French Institute, Alliance Francaise (FIAF) which has all of the foregoing, all year round. In addition to their midtown facility, FIAF also has language classes in Brooklyn.
Take a look at the website of Cultural Services of the French Embassy in NYC which has been a force for spreading French culture in NYC. Thanks to their efforts, especially to Fabrice Jaumont, there are now 6 dual-language French-English programs in the public schools at the elementary grades and 2 in middle schools. More info here
If you’d like to be part of an on-line community of French speakers and people interested in the French language, check out New York in French founded by the above-mentioned Fabrice Jaumont.
For more general information about French business and culture in NYC, take a look at French Morning which publishes in both English and French, and covers French activities in LA, Miami, San Francisco and Texas.
There’s also French District, French District which is geared more towards the French who have recently moved here.
If you think there’s another organization or publication I should mention, drop me a line!
A la prochaine…