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

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  • 03 Jan 2017 3:28 PM | Anonymous member

    "No modern philosopher has been more influential than Rousseau, or more misunderstood. There is scarcely a modern intellectual or political movement whose seeds cannot be seen, rightly or wrongly, in some aspect of Rousseau’s thought — the French Revolution, communism, fascism, contemporary communitarianism, as well as the politics of compassion and political leaders who take on the role of public comforters."

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  • 03 Jan 2017 3:22 PM | Anonymous member

    "On  September 5, 1661, by order of Louis XIV, Nicolas Fouquet, France’s finance minister, was arrested at Nantes by d’Artagnan, commander of the King’s Musketeers, assisted by one of his men holding the cavalry rank of sergeant, Bénigne de Saint-Mars."

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  • 03 Jan 2017 2:44 PM | Anonymous member

    libbeydolls_online2_exhibitionOct. 28, 2016–Feb. 12, 2017
    Gallery 18

    The Libbey Dolls, formerly known as the Doucet Dolls, were the product of the World War I aid effort. The porcelain factories at Limoges and Sèvres aided in the recovery by putting wounded soldiers, out-of-work artisans and young men back to work making French novelties. Out of their production came this collection of 78 fashion figures, depicting French style from A.D. 493 to 1915. The dolls were purchased in 1917 by Toledo Museum of Art founder Edward Drummond Libbey at the Permanent Blind Relief Fund’s Allied Bazaar in New York, in what was hailed as the “greatest single purchase made at the Allied Bazaar.” (The dolls sold for $30,000, the equivalent of about $680,000 today.)

    The Libbey Dolls are connected with prominent French couturier of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Jacques Doucet, who created the dolls’ clothing, using inspiration from works of art by great French artists like Nicolas Lancret and Louis-Léopold Boilly, as well as drawings and engravings from late 19th-century fashion publications. The Libbey Dolls: Fashioning the Story will explore the extraordinary story of this collection while showcasing French fashion design and the strong connection between fashion and the art world.

  • 19 Dec 2016 7:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Christmas is just around the corner, so don’t forget to give the gift of French this year! The AFT has gift certificates that make a great present for any loved one who has always wanted to learn a new language or a friend would love to participate to an event.

    Follow this link for  gift options. Thank you and have a wonderful holiday season

  • 17 Dec 2016 4:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We had a wonderful Cassoulet dinner  at Georgio's this year. For a history of the cassoulet  and photos of the event, follow this link.

  • 05 Nov 2016 1:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Help us celebrate 50 years with a Mardi Gras event on Saturday February 25th 2017 at the Sylvania Country Club. SAVE THE DATE.  VOLUNTEERS needed. Weekly meetings to plan this event will be held at the Common Space every Saturday at 10am (subject to cancelation). 

  • 01 Nov 2016 11:44 AM | Anonymous member

    Are you ready to expand your cultural horizons and share your language and culture with French students?

    The Teaching Assistant Program in France offers you the opportunity to work in France for 7 months, teaching English to French students of all ages. Each year, over 1,100 American citizens and permanent residents teach in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of French such as Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion.

    More information here:

  • 28 Sep 2016 4:54 PM | Anonymous member

    This might be a good reason to visit Chicago in October:

    An international platform France Alumni USA is being launched by the French Embassy and Campus France to promote networking among people who has studied, done research or internship in France.

    If you have spent a part of your studies in France whether for higher education, short or long study abroad program, research, internship or language courses, we would love for you to be part of this new global France Alumni network. Members have access to job and internship offers, invitation to special events organized for alumni, networking opportunities, and resources to value their experience in France. This is a place to create and explore new opportunities and reconnect with others.

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  • 25 Sep 2016 9:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Video conference Christiane Taubira on October 10th at 6pm – Wayne State University - 328 Manoogian Hall, 906 West Warren, Detroit MI 48202 - Map.
    The WSU parking lots are a flat rate of $7.50 Map

    Free event 

    The Alliances Françaises de Detroit and Grosse Pointe in partnership with Wayne State University have the pleasure to invite you to a live broadcast conference with Christiane Taubira in French with English subtitles.
    Mrs Taubira  Minister of justice until January 2016 resigned her position after a disagreement with President Hollande over policies related to the treatment of French Nationals convicted of terrorism .
    On October 10th, she will give a talk on Justice in service of Equality and will be open for questions.

    The conference will be followed by a reception in the French Room (407 Manoogian).

    Please register before October 7th by email at or by phone at (248)-538-5440.

  • 09 Sep 2016 5:18 PM | Anonymous member

    5 mins

    Ginkgoa at the Black Swamp Festival of the Arts; Sunday, Sept. 11, 2PM & 4PM

    Described as “vintage Paris chic meets New York cool in swinging electro-beats” Ginkgoa compose French songs with an American vibe, and American songs with a French touch where time periods would cross and inspirations would collide. They only have one idea in mind: to make generations of people dance, sway, and sing along to melodies that stay in your head. Officially discovered in the well-known French festival Les Francofolies where they won for “Favorite Group” of the festival, Ginkgoa went on to play 200 dates worldwide.

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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.
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