Fostering cultural, intellectual, artistic and friendly exchanges between the French-speaking world and our local and regional communities.

News (Blog)

Our blog is a nice place to find information about our organization. Members can post new blogs or add comments on existing blog. Try it, it's easy! The information posted needs to be related to our organization. Members can now upload photo albums by editing their profiles. Try it!
  • 12 Apr 2019 11:07 PM | Anonymous member

    The French government is launching a new standard for keyboard layouts in France. The position of the letters (A-Z) will remain the same, but special characters like accents and punctuation marks are moving and many more are added to better support typing French and boost usability and speed. Read more here:

  • 31 Jan 2019 6:59 PM | Anonymous member

    The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit will present the first exhibition in the Midwest and most comprehensive show to date of the French art movement Supports/Surfaces. This group of fourteen artists, along with several others who were closely affiliated, lived and worked in the south of France, producing artwork marked by an interest in materiality, a lyrical use of color and expansive ideas of what constitutes a painting. French society was undergoing social protests and upheavals in the 1960s that mirrored the civil rights and anti-war movements in the USA.  Feb 1-April 21, 2019

    More information?

  • 09 Apr 2018 1:09 PM | Anonymous member

    A new show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York, celebrates the grand green Gallic spaces captured by such artists as Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt, Henri Matisse and others.

    Metropolitan Museum Exhibition link:

  • 18 Feb 2018 3:09 PM | Anonymous member
    Judy Paffenberger will be presenting a travelogue of her experiences exploring and enjoying northern France at Perrysburg's Way Public Library on February 22.  Check it out:
  • 02 Jan 2018 3:13 PM | Anonymous member

    Do you like to read?  Do you like contemporary literature?  Do you like to read in French?  Or do you like to read in English?  Check this out!

    The Albertine Prize recognizes American readers’ favorite work of contemporary Francophone fiction while encouraging the discovery of new literary voices, translated and published in the US in the past year. The selection presents a range of stories from many diverse locations and perspectives, reminding us of the importance of looking beyond one’s own borders.

    What’s the program? One book a month.
    We’ll introduce you to the best of contemporary French literature, one book at a time. One book a month for five months!

    Don’t speak French? Not a problem.
    You don’t need to know French to enjoy these books. The Albertine Prize shortlisted titles have been published in English within the past year.

    Where to begin? Right here.
    All of the books are available in the US at Albertine and online at Join the conversation using the hashtag #albertineprize and vote at

    The best part? A Book Battle.
    In the spring, we’ll host a Book Battle at Albertine Books. Five literary minds will defend their Albertine Prize favorite.

    Don’t live in New York? That’s ok.
    Follow us and join the conversation via Livestream, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You won’t miss a thing!

    Ready to vote? Great!
    Vote anytime for the books you love. You don’t have to pick just one. You may vote once for one or more of the shortlisted titles.
    Every vote counts!

    At the end of all this? A party!
    Yes, we get to celebrate literature! The author and translator of the award winning book will be flown to Albertine Books in New York City this summer to receive the Prize and say a few words. Cheers!

    More info?

  • 07 Dec 2017 1:25 PM | Anonymous member

    Tout en étant obligé de s’inscrire dans la lignée des comtes d’Ormesson, il s’était fait son propre nom, en forme de sourire, qui reflétait bien son caractère facétieux : Jean d’O. Plus il vieillissait, plus Jean d’Ormesson – qui est mort dans la nuit du 4 au 5 décembre à l’âge de 92 ans – était charmant et charmeur, avec son œil si bleu et son air à jamais espiègle. « Il a toujours dit qu’il partirait sans avoir tout dit et c’est aujourd’hui. Il nous laisse de merveilleux livres », a déclaré sa fille, Héloïse d’Ormesson. Il pensait avec raison que la gaieté est une politesse et voulait mériter un qualificatif presque perdu, « dans un siècle où règne le ressentiment » : délicieux.
    En savoir plus sur

  • 07 Dec 2017 1:22 PM | Anonymous member

    Pop star Johnny Hallyday has died:

    Johnny Hallyday s'est éteint dans la nuit de mardi à mercredi à l'âge de 74 ans. C'est son épouse Laeticia qui a annoncé la terrible nouvelle cette nuit dans un communiqué envoyé à 2h34 du matin à l'Agence France Presse. "Johnny Hallyday est parti. J'écris ces mots sans y croire. Et pourtant c'est bien cela. Mon homme n'est plus. Il nous quitte cette nuit comme il aura vécu tout au long de sa vie, avec courage et dignité." L'annonce de sa mort suscite des milliers de réactions parmi ses innombrables fans mais aussi de la part de toutes les personnalités qui l'ont cotoyé au fil de ses soixante ans de carrière.

  • 05 Nov 2017 2:28 PM | Anonymous member

    Manon Pignot is a French historian specializing in the experience of children during World War I and in war and more broadly. She is an associate professor at the Jules Verne University of Picardy and a junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France. She is the author of The Crayon War: When the little Parisians drew the Great War (Editions Parigramme, 2004); Let's go children of the fatherland: Generation Great War (Le Seuil, 2012); The child-soldier, 19th to 21st century: A critical approach (Armand Colin, 2012); and Paris in the Great War (Editions Parigramme, 2014).


    The study of “teen-combatants” is a growing subfield in the history of children at war, the history of war violence in general, and World War I in particular. Too young to be legally enlisted as conscripts in 1914-1918, teen combatants also felt that they were too old to remain on the home front. This lecture will explore the cross-European phenomenon of “teen-combatants” both as a rite of passage into male adulthood and as a transgression of wartime norms.

    For more information:

  • 05 Nov 2017 2:03 PM | Anonymous member

    In a career that spanned the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917) was deeply inspired by tradition yet rebelled against its idealized forms, introducing innovative practices that paved the way for modern sculpture. He believed that art should be true to nature, a philosophy that shaped his attitudes to models and materials. Many know Rodin for the controversies surrounding certain of his works, such as the scandals around The Age of Bronze or the Monument to Honoré de Balzac, and for his unfinished projects, most famously The Gates of Hell. But few who recognize Rodin's sculptures have failed to be moved by them. 

    To celebrate his life and legacy, cities around the world are exhibiting Rodin's sculptures! Check out the Midwest exhibitions below.

    Rodin—100 Years 

    September 1, 2017 to May 13, 2018

    The Cleveland Museum of Art, OH, USA

    The Hysterical Material

    September 14 to December 17, 2017

    Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

    Rodin and the Contemporary Figurative Tradition

    September 15, 2017 - January 7, 2018

    Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI

    Rodin: Sculptor and Storyteller

    November, 3 2017 to March 4, 2018

    The Art Institute of Chicago, Il, USA

  • 05 Nov 2017 1:38 PM | Anonymous member

    Teaming up with photographer/muralist, JR, Agnès Varda journeys through rural France, meeting locals and developing a sense of humanity and character through art by virtue of their own sensibilities and the perspectives of those they meet along the way.

    Primary female director of the French New Wave, Agnès Varda has been revered as the mother and grandmother of the movement. From drama film, Cléo from 5 to 7 to revered documentaries, The Beaches of Agnès and The Gleaners & I, Varda has regarded political and feminist ideologies in the most revealing proximity. 

    “Magnificently moving, funny, life-affirming, and altogether wonderful...a screen duo for the ages.” - David Ehrlich, Indiewire

    Check out this delightful preview:

    Opens in Cincinnati, OH on November 1, 2017 at the Mariemont Theatre.
    Opens in Columbus, OH on November 3, 2017 at the Gateway Film Center.

©Alliance Française de Toledo,The Common Space Center for Creativity, Suite 102, 1700 N. Reynolds Road, Toledo, OH 43615
The mission of the Alliance Française de Toledo is to foster cultural, intellectual, artistic and friendly exchanges between the French-speaking world and our local and regional communities.

We accomplish our mission by providing a center with classes and resources for the study of French language and culture and by organizing, promoting, and enjoying cultural, intellectual, and artistic celebrations and social events.
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software