Have a look at the presentation video of Alliance française du Bengale :
1883 “The National Association for the promotion of the French language in the colonies and abroad” was created under the aegis of the ambassador, Paul Cambon.
1884 The 10th of March is the exact date of foundation of the Alliance française de Paris. Several distinguished names feature on its Council of Administration, names, such as, Ferdinand de Lesseps, Louis Pasteur, Ernest Renan, Jules Verne, Armand Colin…
Barcelona was the first European Alliance française and the network in Spain was going to expand very rapidly. Africa also jumped on the bandwagon, as a pioneering branch of the Alliance française opened in Senegal. Another branch opens later in Mauritius in the same year.
Then, thanks to the joint efforts by a group of friends, an Alliance française is set up in Mexico. The enthusiasm of Latin America for this new programme is not just a passing fancy.
1886 The Alliance française was recognised officially by the government.
1889 Asia swiftly followed the general trend, creating the first Alliance française in Asia: in Pondicherry (India).
Alliance française de Pondichéry is among the first Alliances in the world after the one in Paris. Alliance française of Pondicherry is part of a large network of 16 such institutions in India. The General Supervisory body of the Alliances françaises in India, based in Delhi, coordinates these 16 bodies and chalks out their common strategies. Alliance française of Pondicherry is an association formed under the local law. Its revenue comes from the course fees and membership fees. The French Embassy and the General Supervisory body of all the Alliances Françaises in India, the French Foreign Affairs Ministry and its operators contribute each year by sponsoring the cultural shows.
1940 The Alliance française was founded in Calcutta at 19 and 24 Park Mansions, 57/A Park Street.
1999 Unfortunately a fire ravaged the century-old building. As a result, Alliance française was shifted to two buildings: Khaleel Munzil, 217 A.J.C. Bose Road and 3 West Range.
2005 A new Society, The French Association, is created replacing the Alliance française.
2007 The French Association is renamed and becomes the Alliance française du Bengale.
2014 Alliance française du Bengale came back at 57A Park Street, Park Mansions, Gate 3, Flat 15, Kolkata- 700016.
2020 On 18th January 2020, the new space of Alliance française du Bengale along with Jit Paul Auditorium was inaugurated by His Excellency, Ambassador of France in India, Mr. Emmanuel Lenain and Ms Shirin Paul of Apeejay Surendra Group.