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Southern California is home to a large number of French speakers. In recent years, the number of French speakers from France and Francophone countries who have made California their home has increased. Los Angeles, for example, is the American city with the second largest number of French speakers in the USA; they have come in search of work and study opportunities in different fields from the movie industry to information technology. This has made it possible for learners of French to access French and Francophone culture and practice the language locally.

Following is a series of organizations and events built around the French and Francophone culture and/or French language. This is not an endorsement; it’s for reference only. Besides trying out some of these organizations, keep an eye on local events, museums and venues that may host French concerts or exhibits. For further references, please join the IVC French Club and/or reach out to your instructor.