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Alliance Française Bordeaux

Our Alliance

About us

Your French school in Bordeaux

Founded in 1982, the Alliance Française Bordeaux Nouvelle-Aquitaine is a non-profit association, a private higher education institution and a professional training organisation whose objective is the teaching of the French language, the dissemination of French-speaking cultures and the dialogue between the cultures of the world.

We train more than 3,000 students of 110 different nationalities every year.

The AFBNA belongs to the international network of the Alliances Françaises which brings together more than 800 associations under local law in more than 135 countries. This vast network is represented by the Alliance Française Foundation, which is recognised as being of public utility.


An environment conducive to learning

Our qualified and experienced teachers use innovative technologies to teach in an interactive and action-oriented way. Our classrooms are equipped with interactive digital whiteboards and a resource centre allows students to continue their work in complete autonomy.

To complete your training, we give you access to our digital platform. There you will find activities complementary to your course, documents made available to you by your teacher, as well as additional exercises and learning paths. A real private social network, it will also allow you to interact with your teacher and classmates.

A host family accommodation service, cultural activities and a personalised welcome allow you to enjoy a complete and effective language immersion.

Exams centre

The Alliance Française Bordeaux Nouvelle-Aquitaine is an official centre for taking French language exams. You have the possibility to take nationally and internationally recognised diplomas and certifications throughout the year.

Accessibility of our school

Our French language school and examination center are accessible to people with disabilities.

The ground floor of our school is accessible from the street and can accommodate people with reduced mobility. On this level, a classroom or examination room, our offices, and sanitary facilities are fully accessible. A procedure is in place for access to the books in our resource centre.

For more information, please consult the accessibility sheet of our establishment as well as the description of reception. A register is available at the AF Bordeaux reception desk.

Our disability advisor will be able to adapt the reception and support to your disability. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

Label Qualité FLE and Qualiopi

The Alliance Française Bordeaux Nouvelle-Aquitaine has been awarded the label “Qualité français langue étrangère” (French as a foreign language) by the French government with three stars, i.e. the maximum, in all areas: management, premises, teaching, training and reception.

In addition, AF Bordeaux now holds the Qualiopi certification, which attests that our center is a professional training organization and that our practices and methods are in compliance with the national quality reference system based on five criteria.

It is the reference establishment for teaching FLE in Bordeaux!

Tourism Accreditation

AF Bordeaux holds the tourism approval delivered by Atout France which enables it to organise a monthly cultural and tourist programme.


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Our team

Cécile Delaunay
Marie-Hélène Colin
Administrative and financial manager
Ophélie Gasiglia
Carole Brethomé
Customer service manager
Hripsimé Nakashyan
Culture and Communication
Nicolas Boisseau
Culture and Communications Officer
Flora Bobineau
Communications manager
Caroline Ahlström
Pedagogical manager
John Bazard
Administrative & Pedagogical Assistant
Manon Kamlet
Nelly Derive
Mathieu Lalandes
Magali Meytadier
Delphine Ronchon
Valérie Saubade
Bénédicte Stankevitch
Clotilde Riffault
Mathieu Tortigue

Président : Freddy GATINOIS

Members of the Bureau :

  • Brigitte JANNING, vice-president
  • Jean-Pierre WIART, vice-president
  • Jean-François MARTINEZ, treasurer
  • Jean-François BOURRUT-LACOUTURE, secretary
  • Bertrand LABARCHEDE, assistant secretary
  • Christine GRISEL, administrator
  • Claude JEAN, administrator
  • André MERCIER, administrator
  • Michel RAYNAL, administrator
  • Philippe LEVIGNAT, administrator

The Board of Directors is composed of 20 members.


Our cultural service


Every month, the cultural department of the Alliance Française Bordeaux Nouvelle-Aquitaine organizes a multitude of cultural activities for students to discover our beautiful city of Bordeaux, its customs and its surroundings.

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Becoming a member

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Become a volunteer member

Join the AF Bordeaux community by taking part in our missions: accompanying cultural activities, discussions with our students, supervising exams, organising events…

By becoming a member of the Alliance Française Bordeaux Nouvelle-Aquitaine, you will support our activities and help spread the French language and culture. Membership fees are valid for one calendar year.


Become a host family

If you would like to open your home to someone of another nationality or culture to share our language, history and way of life, you can become a host family. Our accommodation service connects Bordeaux host families with foreigners studying at our school.

Check out our accommodation page or contact us for more information at