Headquartered in Paris, the Fondation Alliance Française (Alliance Française Foundation) oversees the operation of over 832 Alliances around the world as per the objectives outlined by the French Ministry of External Affairs. These Alliances are structured into networks and work in close collaboration with reputed organisations from their host countries.

The 1st Alliance française was created in 1883 and the Fondation des Alliances Françaises is the first cultural NGO in the world.