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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.





Mikhail Rudy at Morgan Library & Museum by Gabrielle Amar-Ouimet

Jan 27, 2017 | 7:30PM
Morgan Library
This concert features two 35 minute animated films with synchronized piano accompaniment performed by the Russian-French pianist and filmmaker Mikhail Rudy. The New York Premiere of Chagall: The Sound of Colors (2013) depicts Chagall’s sketches for the ceiling of the Opera Garnier as Rudy performs the music of Gluck, Mozart, Wagner, Debussy, and Ravel—the composers represented in the painting. Pictures at an Exhibition (2010) features Kandinsky’s watercolor drawings for the Art Total Exposition at the Bauhaus in 1928 and Mussorgsky’s magnificent piano suite.

A Night of Philosophy and Ideas

January 28, 2017
Brooklyn Public Library
A Night of Philosophy & Ideas is an all-night marathon of philosophical debate, performances, screenings, readings, and music. Join us and be a part of this FREE 12-HOUR EXCHANGE OF IDEAS, featuring top philosophers from around the world.

Thalia Kids' Book Club: An Afternoon with Hervé Tullet

February 5, 2017 | 1pm
Symphony Space

An interactive afternoon of art and storytelling with the wildly imaginative author/illustrator behind the bestsellers Press Here and Let's Play. In conversation with friend and fellow illustrator Chris Raschka.


Ballet de Lorraine at the Joyce Theater

Feb 7-12, 2017
Joyce Theater
Under the artistic direction of Petter Jacobson, Ballet de Lorraine, from Nancy, arrives at The Joyce with two exceptional programs focusing on contemporary French choreographers running from February 7th to February 12th.

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!

MS256 awarded Label FrancEducation

Kareen Rispal, the Director of America’s office at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, awarded the Label FrancEducation to M.S 256 Academic Athletic Excellence in Manhattan and its principal, Brian Zager.

Synesthesia of Law - An International & Multi-Disciplinary Conference at Princeton University

What is the role of law in structuring, orienting and perpetuating the multiplicity of conflicts that shape our public and private life? What function does law play in structuring and orienting the ethical dimensions of the multiplicity of conflicts that shape our public and private life? How, if at all, might law serve to relieve and mitigate them? These are the overarching questions addressed by this new conference co-organized by Princeton University and Sciences Po Law School with support of the Cultural services of the French Embassy.

French Books in the US: The 2016 Edition

The Book Department of the French Embassy is pleased to announce the publication of our new list of French books translated in the United States!

Chateaubriand Fellowship 2016/2017 call for proposal is now open !

The Higher Education department of the French Embassy is pleased to inform you that the Chateaubriand Fellowship Call for applications for the academic year 2016/2017 is now open. Every year, it allows doctorate students enrolled in American universities to conduct research in France for up to 9 months.
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