Paris Clubs Associations of Expats
Joining the social fabric in your new home is part of settling in. Of course you want to integrate into France and meet French people, but it is always pleasant, and some would say important, to join fellow expats or folks from your own country to pursue your favorite activities as well. Just like sometimes you need comfort food you also need comfort time in your own language, activities and customs. Churches and synagogues in Paris are great resources providing community, study and discussions, lunches, youth groups, fairs, choirs and volunteer opportunities just like at home. Many schools and universities have alumni clubs in Paris. Here below is a non-exhaustive list of clubs associations of all types in the expat community in the Paris area.
Other ideas and activities for meeting people in this article
The official site for the British Community Committee of France. The British Community Committee (BCC) represents the British Community in France. It acts as the umbrella organisation of British associations in France at national level and publishes a directory of British clubs and associations in France.
Association France – Grande-Bretagne
The Association France-Great Britain, founded in 1916, offers lunch-debates, meetings, as well as conferences, visits to exhibitions or trips to help you know Great-Britain better and deepen the relationship between the two countries.
Website : afgb.fr
Contact : 06 84 74 92 36
British and Commonwealth Women’s Association
The club is for women who are expats in Paris. Founded in 1962, membership of the British and Commonwealth Women’s Association is open to all women who are, or who are married to, British or Commonwealth nationals.
Join today to speak English, meet other expats, and to enjoy the company of like minded people in Paris with whom you can take part in a variety of activities.
British Conservatives in Paris
It is a politically-active association in support of the British Conservative Party.
Their events include discussion meetings, debates and more formal dinners with prominent political speakers.
British Rugby Club of Paris
The British Rugby Club of Paris was formed in 1923 by English Ex-pats living and working in Paris. The club fields a 1st XV side on Saturdays that competes in the Corpo League with other teams in Paris
Website : https://www.brfcparis.com/
Standard Athletic Club
English-speaking sports and social club set in the forest of Meudon in the south-west of Paris.
Château de Thoiry Cricket Club
Founded in 1990 in the Yvelines department to the west of Paris under the patronage of the Vicomtesse de la Panouse, who graciously allows them to play in the superb setting of the château grounds, Thoiry cricket club has built up a reputation as an open, friendly association of like-minded individuals and families centred around the playing of good quality, competitive cricket.
Dear Conjunction Theatre Company
They were founded as a bilingual theatre company in 1991 and have had great success presenting well crafted productions both humorous and dramatic to a discerning public.
Expat Citizen Rights in EU
‘ECREU’ is a lobby and self help group set up to make sure your rights are foremost in the minds of those negotiating your future within the EU. They are working to get British MPs and Brussels representatives on your side and willing to state your case in any discussions and negotiations resulting from the UK’s decision to leave the EU.
The English Cathedral Choir of Paris
The English Cathedral Choir of Paris a été fondé en 1987 par Christopher Wells qui désirait transmettre — à ses enfants et à d’autres enfants vivant à Paris — l’expérience inoubliable de ses années de musicien, et leur donner le goût de la musique religieuse anglaise.
The English-Speaking Union France
The English-Speaking Union (ESU) is an international educational charity and membership organisation that brings together people of different languages and cultures in over 50 countries. They run educational programmes, competitions and cultural exchanges to develop confident communicators, critical thinkers and empowered citizens.
The Franco-British Foundation
The society is an independent charitable organisation, privileged to have Her Majesty The Queen as its patron. Founded in 1924, although its roots go back to the Entente Cordiale at the beginning of the 20th century, it is dedicated to encouraging closer relations between Britain and France. The Franco-British society acts a focus for those individuals, groups and companies who wish to keep in touch with France, her culture, history and current affairs.
The International Players
It is an amateur theatre group, welcoming all nationalities, presenting plays and musicals of all origins in English near Paris.
They have been active since 1981, putting on productions that cover a range of different styles—from musicals and pantomimes to serious plays and comedies.
SPRINT, a non-profit organization, is a group of English-speaking and bilingual professionals who work with children with special needs.
Tower Bridge is a 1901 (i.e. not-for-profit) association created in January 2011 to offer on-the-ground support to non-professional theatrical groups from outside France bringing English language theatre to Paris.
The Caledonian Society of France
Founded in 1922 exclusively for Scots living and working in France, The Caledonian Society of France now has an active membership consisting both of Scots and of lovers of Scotland from different countries, all brought together with a view to maintaining old Scottish traditions and making the best of Scottish culture known in France.
Website : www.caledonian-society-france.org
Contact : 01 48 28 38 69 – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society in Paris
Learn the steps and the formations to the sound of traditional music both old and new, in an international ambiance of fun! Scottish Country Dancing is danced in groups (called sets) of four, six or eight. Sets of six or eight dancers are the most common. Some dances are easy, while others take a bit longer to learn. Elegance, stamina, teamwork, and most of all fun, all combine to make dancing a fantastic experience!
Paris Welsh Society
Founded to foster knowledge of Wales, its language and culture, the Society organises events with Welsh artists, lunches, pub-evenings and Welsh language classes. The Society welcomes all who are interested in Wales.
Website : http://www.pariswelshsociety.org
Le Cercle Norvégien de Paris
They organise different events for their members and guests : Theme lunches, traditional celebrations, exhibitions, concerts, etc.
Website : http://www.cerclenorvegien.com
Contact : http://www.cerclenorvegien.com/francais/contact/index.php – 01 42 60 76 67
Nordic café, boutique, cultural spot in the heart of the Latin quarter, the Finnish institute is a multicultural platform between France and Finland. Pendant les travaux – fermé au public.
France Finlande association
The activity consists mainly in the organization of events such as meetings, conferences, excursions etc. which allow everyone who are interested in these two countries and their cultures, to meet.
Osakunta – Le Club Franco-Finlandais
Ranskan Suomalainen Osakunta (or short « Osakunta », in French The Franco-Finnish Club) was created in 1996 by Finnish students living in Paris who wanted to overcome their homesickness by developing a network of compatriots. Its objective is to improve the cultural exchange between Finland and France and to help the adaptation of Finns in France.
Website : https://osakunta.wordpress.com/histoire/
Cercle Suédois de Paris
In addition to the Rivoli Mercredi Jazz every Wednesday evening, the Swedish Circle organizes for their members and their guests events dedicated to Swedish traditions and culture (themed lunches, traditional celebrations etc.)
SWEA – Swedish Women’s Educational Association Paris
SWEA International, Inc. is a global organization for Swedish women abroad.
L’association solidarité France-Pologne
The aim of the Association was to provide the union with moral support and technical and financial support, but also to raise French public awareness of the struggle of the Polish society for democracy.
Since 1989, the role of the Association has evolved: it is now to help Poland rebuild its civil society and encourage socio-economic initiatives.
Association AFPE (amitié franco-polonaise)
It is an association created in 2012 by Polish members of Polish origin and French people who fell in love with this country.
Website : http://domont-france-pologne.org
Contact : 01 47 03 90 00
The Franco-Polish Community welcomes any citizen of a member state of the European Union of Polish origin and the French who are interested in Poland or have family ties with Poland. Their role is to spread knowledge of Polish history and culture.
Société Historique et Littéraire Polonaise – Bibliothèque Polonaise de Paris
The Historical and Literary Society of Poland promotes the development of studies in history, literature and Polish art.
Website : http://www.bibliotheque-polonaise-paris-shlp.fr
Contact : 01 55 42 83 83
The Association France-Denmark, created in 1983, promotes Danemark in France on a social and cultural plan.
Maison du Danemark
The purpose of the House of Denmark is to promote Denmark in the cultural and economic fields to the French and the many foreigners who, every day, pass the House of Denmark on the Champs-Elysees.
The Goethe-Institut de Paris promotes the German language, organizes many cultural events and has a large library. As part of their projects, they work closely with French and European partners, constantly putting intercultural dialogue at the forefront.
Website : https://www.goethe.de/ins/fr/fr/sta/par.html
Contact : 01.44.3.92.30
Club économique franco-allemand
The Franco-German Economic Club was created in 2005 at the initiative of some French and German businessmen in order to have a truly private and independent meeting place in Paris.
Website : http://www.club-economique-franco-allemand.org/
Contact : +33 (0)1 43 59 75 08
Centre Culturel Irlandais :
The aim of the Centre Culturel Irlandais is to present and promote contemporary Irish culture in France in all its aspects: visual arts, literature, cinema, music, theater, dance, etc. The Irish have been at this spot in Paris for so long the street is even named rue des Irlandais.
Website : www.centreculturelirlandais.com
Contact : 01.58.52.10.30
Association Irlandaise de Paris
Website : http://www.association-irlandaise.org/
Centre culturel canadien
Jules Léger, Ambassador of Canada to France, first had the idea in 1964 to found a cultural centre in France in order to dynamize and reinforce expanding Franco-Canadian cultural relations. The signature of the Franco-Canadian Cultural Agreement in November 1965 gave birth to the project.
Website : http://www.canada-culture.org/
Contact : 01.44.43.21.90
Canadian Women’s group in Paris
The Association of Canadian Women in Paris (AFCP) was born from the desire to stimulate, promote and emphasize the deep and natural bonds of solidarity between Canadian women residing in France, in addition to helping newcomers to adapt to the French life.
Address : 5 rue de Constantine – 75007 Paris, France
Website : https://canadiennesaparis.membogo.com/fr/
Contact : email@example.com – 01 44 43 21 03
Créated in 1968, La Federation France-Québec is looking to develop the friendship and the relationship between the two countries.
Gaston Miron Library
The BGM is the largest Quebec documentary collection abroad. Located in the Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 University, it is open to all, free of charge.
Website : http://www.dbu.univ-paris3.fr/bibliotheques/nos-autres-bibliotheques/bibliotheque-gaston-miron
Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org – 01 45 87 78 29
Canadian Bookstore – The Abbey Bookshop
The Abbey Bookshop in Paris’s Latin Quarter has for the last twenty years become a cultural center for Canadians, Anglophones and Anglophiles from all corners of the world. Although offering a wide variety of Canadian books, its main attraction is an eclectic collection of over 35,000 titles in English ranging from scholarly to popular literature.
Quebec literature, Youth, Fine arts, History and society, Tourism, Books from Quebec…
Website : www.librairieduquebec.fr
Contact : 01.43.54.49.02
Organisation founded to promote Australian culture in France.
Website : http://www.france-australie.org/
Contact : 01.48.99.20.97
Cinéma des Antipodes
Movie theatre devoted to Australian and New Zealand cinema.
Contact : 01.47.97.45.98
American Chamber of Commerce
Non-profit organization founded to promote Franco-American economic relations.
Website : http://www.amchamfrance.org/en/
Contact : Tel: 01 56 43 45 67
American Library in Paris
The American Library in Paris is the largest English-language lending library on the European continent.
Website : https://americanlibraryinparis.org/
Contact : 01 53 59 12 60
Association of American Residents Overseas
Lobbying organization founded to protect the rights of Americans living overseas.
Website : https://aaro.org/
Contact : 01 47 20 24 15
American Aid Society
Non-profit, volunteer organization that offers assistance to Americans in temporary difficulty in France.
United States Embassy
Contact : 01.43.12.48.07
French Heritage Society
Non-profit organization devoted to the preservation of French heritage in France and the US.
Website : https://frenchheritagesociety.org/
Contact : 01.40.70.07.57
Non-profit organization founded in 1909 to foster better relations between France and the nations of the Americas.
Website : https://france-ameriques.org/
Contact : +33 1 43 59 51 00
Non-profit organization founded in 1945 with a goal of contributing to a better understanding between French and American people.
Website : http://www.france-etatsunis.org/
Democrats Abroad, France
Democrats Abroad France is the official country committee of U.S. Democrats living in France. They offer a wide range of activities to their members, including voter registration assistance and education, monthly member Meet-Ups to discuss political issues and diverse topics, lectures, debates and panel discussions, film screenings, parties, guest speakers and special events throughout the year–and they have a lively Facebook page where we share all the great stuff we’ve got going on!
Website : https://www.democratsabroad.org/ – https://www.facebook.com/DemocratsAbroadFrance
Republicans Abroad France
Organisation of US Republicans living in France, acting to mobilise voters around issues and candidates. To inspire and facilitate the thousands of Americans living and working in France to engage in the U.S. democratic political process through elections, briefings, and policy advocacy.
Website : https://www.facebook.com/infoROF/
Contact : email@example.com
American Women’s Group in Paris
A group consisting of professionals, mothers, executives, and spouses; offers entertaining activities to enrich your French experience.
Website : https://www.awgparis.org
Contact : 01.42.73.36.74 – firstname.lastname@example.org
American Club in Paris
Preserving the special ties between France and the USA, since 1903. (If you are outside Paris search for American Club in Lille, for example, there are clubs all over France)
Americans in France
While not really a club this site, produced by Jeff Steiner, offers practical resources for people who would like to live or travel in France
Website : http://www.americansinfrance.net/
American Contra Dance in Paris
Contra dancing began in New England and then modernized and spread over the world. Beginners welcome! Come alone, as a couple, with your family!
Website : https://sites.google.com/site/americancontradanceinparis – https://www.facebook.com/groups/156727372682/about/
Clubs Associations of Expat Paris