June 2024

LE BULLETIN de l’Alliance Française de New Haven

P.O. Box 207333, New Haven, CT 06520

https://alliancefrancaisenewhaven.org/. A non-profit organization promoting French language and culture 


Parlons Français!

Join our Meetup conversation group every other Sunday morning from 10:30 to noon for fun and French discussion. To register for this event, send an email to: alliancefrancaisenh@gmail.com. We will meet  at Chaps, 1174 Chapel St., New Haven. June 2, 16, 30, July 14, 28, 2024.

Café Littéraire

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 @ 6:30 PM

Voici un club pour les membres qui voudraient lire et discuter d'un livre en français (reservé aux gens qui ont un niveau avancé). Nous nous rencontrons par Zoom à 18h30 chaque mois. On discute des thèmes et des idées dans les romans avec le groupe. Si vous voulez les liens ou si vous avez des questions, envoyez un email à alliancefrancaisenh@gmail.com. Pour mai on lit Qui a tué mon père par Edouard Louis Qui a tué mon père est un essai de l'écrivain français Édouard Louis, publié en 2018. Le livre est un hommage à son père, qui a été victime de violences policières en raison de son appartenance sociale et de sa classe ouvrière. L'essai explore des thèmes tels que la violence, la masculinité, la classe sociale, la politique et la famille, tout en offrant une réflexion sur la condition humaine et la place des personnes marginalisées dans la société française.

Ciné Club

Thursday, June 20, 2024 @ 6 PM

Fan of French movies? If so, this club is for you. Join the Alliance Française for a discussion of a French movie on Zoom. If you have a favorite movie or any suggestions for future viewings, send us an email. Clay Howe will lead the conversation. Upcoming films to be announced. We meet on the third Thursday of the month. The movie for June is 17 Filles. A group of seventeen teenage girls from the same high school all decide to become pregnant at the same time, an act at once unexpected and incomprehensible to the adults and the boys in their world. It is available on Hoopla, Hoopla, Amazon Prime, Fandor, Apple TV. For further information and to receive the Zoom link, send an email to alliancefrancaisenh@gmail.com .

Social Hour at Atelier Florian

Thursday, June 27, 2024 @ 4:30 PM

Join the Alliance Française for Happy Hour at Atelier Florian, 1166 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06511 on Thursday, May 30, 2024 from 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM. Wine $5, beer $5, and food starting at $4. See their website for the menu http://atelierflorian.net/assets/happy-hour.pdf To reserve your spot, email alliancefrancaisenh@gmail.com

Looking for Host Families


My name is Megan Midgley and I am the Regional Administrator for International Cultural Exchange Services here in CT! I AM reaching out concerning finding homes for 2 French girls who would like to spend their exchange year in CT! If you have any help or suggestions on finding them host families, I'd really appreciate it! The host families are volunteers but the students come with their own spending money and insurance. They would attend the local high school from August until June when they would return home. 

Kind Regards,

Megan Midgley, mmidgley@icesusa.org

Save the Dates - Schedule of Events

More Info to Come

July 11 : Bastille Day Celebration at Union League

July 14: Pique-nique en blanc in Milford

August 3: Family Swim and Snack and Book Sale 3-6 PM

Our Partnership with Frantastique

Celebrate Francophonie with us!

Try Fantastique for a whole month for free! The interactive, daily lessons only last 10 minutes and allow you to immerse yourself playfully and tailored to you in the French language.

After an assessment test, the lessons adapt to your level and interests, for optimal learning progress.

Discover Aimigo at the end of your lessons, your new AI-powered virtual friend with whom you can practice speaking. Aimigo helps you feel more confident when speaking and can discuss a variety of topics with you!


Membership Renewal

Dear Colleagues,

Memberships are from Sept.-August. If you have not already renewed your membership,

renew now.

Your benefits include:  

-Participation in the events of the Alliance Française (See programs on our website https://www.alliancefrancaisenewhaven.org/

-Close communication with the Alliance (emails, newsletter, Bulletin)

-Exclusive and free participation in Le Café Littéraire

-Access to the French classes at the Alliance Française of New Haven

-Participation in Le Ciné-Club

-Access to Culturethèque Your French multimedia e-library!

-Links to other Francophones and Francophiles .

Cost: Student: $30, Senior: $35, Individual: $45, Couple: $55, Family: $60

You may pay online at https://www.alliancefrancaisenewhaven.org/online-payment or you may pay with a check. Please make checks payable to the Alliance Française of New Haven. Send payment to Alliance Française of New Haven, P.O. Box 207333, New Haven, CT 06520.

Co-sponsored by the  Federation of Alliances Françaises USA

Apéro National French Conversation Group (en français) – Every Wednesday

The group is for high-intermediate to advanced (or fluent) speakers who are current members of an Alliance Française chapter in the U.S. (if you are not a current member of an Alliance chapter, visit the Chapter’s page and sign up for membership at one of your closest AF chapters) or AATF members. Native speakers are welcome. This group conversation is for adult participants, ages 17 and up.

Note that conversation groups are not substitutes for taking an official French class. Conversation groups are for informal practice and for sharing the joy of conversing in French with other like-minded Francophiles or Francophones.

The national group meets by Zoom for an hour every Wednesday, and meets to accommodate our after-work Apéro theme:

Every Wednesday @ 5:00 PT / 7:00 pm CT / 8:00 pm ET

The group is hosted by a member of the Federation of Alliances Françaises board – Linda Witt. Attendees will be assigned to breakout rooms of 4-5 people, with each breakout session lasting 14 minutes. The rooms are then are re-created (for a different mix each time). In this way, participants get to meet and chat with a variety of participants from different backgrounds, regions, and fluency levels.

Participants will need to use Zoom (a free videoconferencing service). To get on the invitation list for the “Apéro-National” sessions, click here.

D-Day and the Soul of France | French-American Histories (in English)

June 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT

Roger Mummert will revisit D-Day and the Battle of Normandy through an exploration of narratives, both American and French. The GIs who fought and died in this epic invasion and liberation were called to duty in a “Great Crusade” that was fueled by a sense of “American exceptionalism.” Then, in the horrors of battle, they were driven by basic instincts to survive and get home. The people of Normandy faced a more complex set of narratives. After four years of bitter occupation, liberation would come via a hellfire that claimed the lives of loved ones and reduced farms and towns to smoldering ruins. Some followed the narrative of restoring an “eternal France.” They fanned the “flame of resistance” with acts of sabotage against their occupiers. Others chose collaboration, still others the middle ground of attentisme.

This event will be on Zoom and is free for all. Please click here to register.

Interview with Martin Walker: Bruno’s Cookbook (in English)

June 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Bruno Courrèges, the protagonist of Martin Walker’s internationally acclaimed mystery series, is not only the local police chief of the idyllic French village of St. Denis, but he also happens to be an impassioned amateur chef. In this delightful cookbook, featuring more than 90 recipes, the culinary and cultural inspiration behind Bruno’s fictional world comes to life. Featuring meals from the best-selling series, local recipes, charming anecdotes, and a history of the novels’ French setting, Bruno’s Cookbook invites readers into the bucolic life of Martin Walker and showcases his passion for the Périgord region’s rich cuisine. This event will be on Zoom and is free for all Alliance Française members in the U.S., AATF members, and invited guests of the presenters. Non-members or persons who have no AF chapter nearby can purchase tickets ($10). Please click here to register.

French Cinémathèque: La passion de Dodin Bouffant – June 2024 (in English)

June 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

May: La passion de Dodin Bouffant (2023)

Director: Anh Hung Tran

Starring: Juliette Binoche, Benoît Magimel, Emmanuel Salinger

Sentenced to six years in a French prison, Malik El Djebena is alone in the world and can neither read nor write. To get by, he aligns himself with a powerful Corsican mob boss, steadily working his way up through the ranks, until his success brings him into conflict with his mentor.

Discussions will take place on the fourth Monday of each month. Participants are encouraged to watch the film via streaming before attending the discussion

This event will be on Zoom and is free for all Alliance Française members, AATF members, invited guests of the presenter and non-members. Click here to register.


Members and attendees at events/cultural programs should be aware that their picture might be taken and used for our website, advertising, etc. If you’d prefer not to be photographed, just wave the photographer away.