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the dissemination and learning of the French language

The Institut français promotes the French language and supports its teaching around the world.


A global language of communication and influence, French unites over 270 million speakers and 125 million learners across five continents.


To promote the French language and support its development, the Institut français:

  • creates innovative programs offering new ways of learning French (online French courses, digital apps, etc.)
  • offers support to foreign education systems and teachers of French (support for bilingual classes, development of the IFprofs social network, etc.)
  • prioritises a "quality approach" across the French cultural network's language centres;
  • promotes French both as a language of culture and values and also as a professional language. Those activities are part of a broader support for the promotion of linguistic diversity.