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Culture & Cultural Relations

Amicale Culturelle Européenne

The association was formed in Basse-Normandie in 1996 under. Its aim is to promote friendship amongst British residents in Normandy and to facilitate their introduction and communication with French and other European nationals living in the area.

To this end, ACE organises monthly events; these include visits to museums, one or several days’ leisure excursions, country walks, trips to other places of interest, talks or conferences on various matters of interest, and regular luncheons.

President - Marc Levy
27 place des Fuchsias, 14880 Colleville Montgomery
06 81 10 97 64

Vice-President -
Tom Hegarty
La Noblerie, 50560 Blainville-sur-Mer
02 33 07 17 00

Anglophone Association of Coutances

Formed in 1993, we are an association of English speaking people enjoying Normandy, who aim to help each other in our integration into the French way of life and form links with the local French community.

We organise events, walks, visits to places of interest and local enterprises and conversation groups, all of which enable us to learn more about our local countryside and communities. We frequently enjoy seasonal celebrations and the food of Normandy.

President: John Jenkins

02 33 17 81 46

Association Culturelle Franco-Anglaise d'Aquitaine

The Association Culturelle Franco-Anglaise Aquitaine (ACFAA) is based in Eymet (24500). The mission of the Association is to develop rapport between the French, British and other European residents in the area by providing educational opportunities, cultural and social activities. Language classes in both French and English at a range of levels are available to members. Activity groups include Art, Line Dancing, Gardening and Photography. The Association organises a varied programme of social events throughout the year.

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Association Culturelle Franco-Britannique du Comtat Venaissin

The association was founded in 1985 by a small group of English people who met regularly in Carpentras to practice their French. Monthly outings were soon added to the weekly conversation meetings and we now offer a variety of activities and outings, announced in the monthly newsletter and on the website.

One of our most important roles is to help anglophones integrate into the area. We also offer our members assistance when facing administrative or legal issues.

President: Marie-Jacqueline Ballagh,

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Association France - Grande-Bretagne Ile de France

The Association, founded in 1916 while the Franco-British Society was being founded in London, aims to foster and develop Franco-British co-operation.

The AFGB network includes some 20 local associations, which organise talks and debates, visits and theme trips, social activities and, in general, aim to spread and promote British cultural and intellectual life, whilst helping British expats to integrate in France.

President: Patrick Hénault  06 84 69 20 37

Contact: Gérard Hocmard OBE 06 84 74 92 36

Association France – Grande-Bretagne – Lyon & Rhône

The Lyon & Rhône branch of the Association France - Grande-Bretagne aims to promote Franco-British relations through cultural activities, including a monthly luncheon, talks by visiting speakers, a book circle, an English Scrabble group, a poetry reading group, cinema outings to see films in English, conversation groups and a group which organises social events & outings. A monthly newsletter sent to members contains details of our programme, which can also be found on our website.

President: Mike Smith

British Association Cote d'Opale

British Association Côte d’Opale is a Nord-Pas-de-Calais association. Our membership is international and takes part in regular events that we organise throughout the year. We produce a quarterly newsletter covering our events and issues of interest concerning our members. We have created a Franco-British orchestra called the “Friends of Europe Orchestra” promoting cultural interests locally and regionally.

We also organise a monthly English book club at the médiathèque Calais with visiting authors.

President: Kristina Howells 07 83 92 75 26

British Association of Monaco

The BAM was established in 1935 and is one of the most active associations in the Principality.

We aim to provide a social focus for British citizens living in and around Monaco and to represent their views in the Principality. We organise monthly outings, talks, etc., and give aid to British citizens who may be in need, whether BAM members or not.

A monthly Newsletter provides members with articles and a diary of current events in Monaco.

Tel: +337 93 50 19 52

British Council

The UK’s international organisation for educational and cultural relations working in over 100 countries, our purpose is to create international opportunities between the people of the UK and other countries and build trust with them worldwide.

We provide English language courses in Paris and its suburbs and a broad range of exams and tests of English. We also work in the fields of Education & Society, English and the Arts.

Country Director: Anne Duncan

9 rue de Constantine, 75007 Paris

01 49 55 73 00

British and Commonwealth Women’s Association

The BCWA was created in 1962, but has evolved over the years to accommodate changing times and more importantly, the changing attitudes of modern women. It offers a broad range of interests such as art, yoga, book discussion groups, bridge, talks, quizzes and monthly walks and visits, often to places not readily open to the public.  The BCWA is a voluntary organisation; all events are organised by members.

President: Sandra Cheyne


Connect is based in the Dieppe area. The association’s aim is to promote all initiatives which will reinforce exchanges and friendship at an international level and in particular French-British relations. To this end, it organises events such as book exchanges, pub quizzes, theme meals at members’ houses or in restaurants, plant exchanges, computer literacy, outings etc.

President Anne Vandelannoote
06 46 40 42 12

The Dordogne Ladies Club International

Formed in 1986 as a not-for-profit association for women living in and around the Dordogne, we are a vibrant and enthusiastic community of all ages and nationalities (with English as the common language). Our ethos is networking, cultural exchange, friendship, support, welfare and raising money for local charities. Current members from all over the world provide mutual support for new lives in France and get together for social gatherings throughout the year. Annual membership is 25 euros

President: Kathy John

The English-Speaking Union France

The ESU is an international educational charity, whose aim is to promote understanding and friendship using English as a common language. ESU FRANCE participated in the ESU International Public Speaking competition, (on a regional and national level), organised by Loire-Valley branch.  We are currently looking for more Lycées and Universities to organise training to participate in these competitions.

Our international three-day celebration of the 100th anniversary American ESU has been cancelled because of the sanitary situation.

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Honorary President - Béatrix de Montgermont-Keil 01 46 51 55 24

Chairperson - Catherine Gaudin 06 37 28 51 37

Paris President - Luce Loussouarn 01 45 67 92 41

Loire Valley President - Patricia Curd 02 41 59 56 90

Strasbourg President - Jack Hanning   03 88 16 15 51  Facebook - ESUStrasbourg

Grapevine Association, Aix-les-Bains

Grapevine Association is a group in Aix-les-Bains who meet once a month to promote the English language and British culture. Founded in 1992, activities include conversation eventings, illustrated and outings. Emphasis is on the spoken word and topics related to the British culture and traditions. A friendly group for anyone who would like to improve their English and become acquaintd with the British way of life.

President: Joy LORCERY
04 79 54 70 66


Lux Perpetua

Lux Perpetua is a vibrant international classical choir based in St. Nom-la-Bretèche open to any interested Anglophone singers. Rehearsals are every Friday night from 20.30 to 22.30. If you live in the West of Paris please join us! (Unfortunately, due to Covid 19, we are putting the choir on hold for the moment. Please check our website for updates.)

Director Claire Lewis, Tel: 06 88 20 15 52


PADFAS - The Arts Society - Paris

Affiliated to The Arts Society U.K., this Franco British society offers a series of illustrated monthly lectures in English, by experts in their fields, on Thursday afternoons from October to May. Lectures are by zoom during the current pandemic and will continue in future in parallel with physical meetings so people outside the Paris area can attend.

Other activities include museum visits etc.; musical evenings; a book club; outings; and an annual 3- or 4-day trip.

Secretary: Phil Dunbar

Visits: Ghislaine Elliott

The Paris Welsh Society - Cymdeithas Cymry Paris

The Paris Welsh Society, founded in 1890, brings together Welsh people working, visiting or resident in the Paris area, to share their cultural heritage.

The Society`s annual programme of events includes the St David`s Day dinner and Owain Glyndwr dinner, and during spring and summer an annual walk and boules competition.

PWS welcomes everyone who is Welsh, or who is interested in Wales, to join us. Croeso i bawb sydd a diddordeb yng Nghymru.

President: Ceri Davies

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Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Lyon Branch - Scotish Chanterelle

The object of RSCDS Lyon Branch is to preserve and further the practice of traditional Scottish Dancing as it danced today; we are mainly involved in Scottish Country Dancing, but also hold occasional classes in Highland dancing. We have a weekly class on Friday nights, with 3 levels (beginners, intermediate, advanced); we also organise ceilidhs, balls, social dancing, day classes (usually 3 times a year on Saturdays) and weekend schools (usually twice a year), with live musicians whenever possible. We accept beginners all year round, come and join us !

Contact: Laure Gardelle, Tel: 06 56 79 66 38,

The Society of the Wallace Fountains

The Society of the Wallace Fountains is a non-profit organisation. Its mission is to promote, preserve and protect the historic Wallace Fountains of Paris, and to recognise and encourage philanthropy in the spirit of Sir Richard Wallace. It provides education and information about the historic, cultural and social significance of the fountains and their donor.  The Society offers 21 self-guided walks to find all 103 Wallace Fountains scattered throughout Paris via its guidebook and website.

Secretary Gretel Furner,

President Barbara Lambesis,