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The Cultural Services is a division of the French Embassy in the United States.  The Cultural Services was created in 1956 by Paul Claudel, the then-ambassador to the US. Claudel appointed Claude Lévi-Strauss as the first Cultural Counselor and the mission was to provide Americans with access and resources to engage with French culture and promote it within their own communities.

Today, under the leadership of Bénédicte de Montlaur, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy and Permanent Representative of French Universities in the United States, the French Cultural Services promotes the best of French arts, literature, cinema, language, and higher education in the US. Based in New York City, Washington D.C., and eight other cities across the country, the Cultural Services brings artists, authors, educational and university programs to cities nationwide. It also builds partnerships between French and American artists, institutions and universities on both sides of the Atlantic. In New York, through its bookshop Albertine, it fosters French-American exchange around literature and the arts.

The French Cultural Services is interested in new and challenging ideas that will bring French and American people together in creative collaboration. Programs are offered either directly by the Departments or in conjunction with the Embassy’s non-profit partner FACE (French American Cultural Exchange). The French Cultural Services also coordinate nominations and award ceremonies for French official distinctions given to Americans and U.S. residents in recognition of exceptional artistic and academic accomplishments.





French Productions at the Lincoln Center Festival

July 10-30, 2017
Lincoln Center
Called “a summer rite for culturally inquisitive” by the New York Times, Lincoln Center Festival presents dance, music, opera, and theater by artists from around the world, from July 10-30, 2017.

James Ivory’s pick: The Wild Child

Sept. 7, 2017 | 7:30pm
Columbia University, Rotunda, Low Memorial Library
Director James Ivory selected The Wild Child by François Truffaut, for Films on the Green 2017.

Hunter College offers Master's in Bilingual Education with a French Track

As French Dual Language programs are booming in New York City, Hunter College opened two new Master’s in 2012 in order to answer the growing need for French bilingual teachers.

New York's Bilingual Fair presents everything you should know about bilingual education

Dual language programs are becoming increasingly popular in New York City. More and more parents are now interested in a bilingual education for their children.

French-English bilingual education teachers needed in NYC

French bilingual education is booming in New York!

Students of Greenwich rewarded for their excellence in French

Monday, the Alliance Française of Greenwich, Connecticut, rewarded its young students who excel in French.

Achieve NYC in French

Achieve NYC: A Complete Guide to New York City Public Schools, has the most current information regarding the City’s public schools.  The guide contains: important dates, details about enrolling in City schools, who to speak to in

Support French Dual Language Programs this Holiday Season!

Did you know that a third of all foreign direct investment in the U.S. comes from francophone countries?

Scholarship Program for Master's in Bilingual Education candidates. Apply now!

Scholarship Program for Master's in Bilingual Education candidates. Teach in a French Dual Language program in New York. Apply for a scholarship to get your Master's!
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