About Us

Founder and Director of The Way To France, Francine Rouanet-Démocrate has promoted the French language and culture throughout her outstanding career on both sides of the Channel. Francine started her career in Paris as Head of Cultural Programme Activities at the Paris International Arts Centre (FIAP). Her focus was organising lectures, concerts and art exhibitions. Having qualified with a BA in Science of Education from the Univeristy of Paris XII, she moved into teaching English as required by the French curriculum at a secondary school just outside of Paris.

It was in 1980, while furthering her studies at the British Museum Library, London, that she first became connected with the Alliance Française organisation. Francine was quick to adapt her skills to become a fully qualified teacher of French as a foreign language. The Alliance Française in London offered her an opportunity she couldn’t turn down: to start a new branch in Cambridge.

In 1982, Francine became the Director and Head of Studies at the Alliance Française de Cambridge where, for over 25 years she passionately promoted France, its language, people and culture. Her boundless imagination and enthusiasm have inspired generations in Cambridge to learn, love and enjoy all things French and France itself.

Over the years, Francine has created, developed and implemented new and effective methods to teach all ages, from individuals to groups. She has extended her own vision and techniques onto a team of hand-picked, like minded professionals who share her passion for teaching and cultural exchanges.

Seemingly tireless, Francine loves to utilise her Event Management experience. She revels in facilitating exchanges with the French-speaking world while supporting local organisations and setting up social and cultural events in partnership with them. Overall, she has candidly and genuinely promoted a better mutual understanding between people of different nations. Her life’s work was recognised in the year 1999 by the French Government. Francine was awarded the coveted award of “Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques” in acknowledgment of her efforts to forge links between France and the United Kingdom.

The Way To France encompasses Francine’s latest portfolio of courses, events and trips as she continues to inspire others to embrace her love for the French language, history, arts, food and culture.

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