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The Bureau
Exclusive Early Access to Season 5
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Sundance Now is offering a free trial (30 days for FIAF Members / 7 days for Non Members) to access their online collection of movies and TV shows including the acclaimed French espionage series The Bureau (Le Bureau des légendes). Read these instructions on how to activate your free trial.

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With your new Sundance Now account, preview Season 5 of The Bureau ahead of the show’s June 18 premiere! Enjoy exclusive early access to the first two episodes of the new season from now till Thursday, June 18. And binge Seasons 1-4 all month! Named one of the best foreign language TV shows by The New York Times, The Bureau has lifted the veil off of the covert world of deep-cover agents and secret services.

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About the Show
Based upon real accounts of former spies and inspired by contemporary events, The Bureau is a smart and stylish spy saga centered on France’s “Bureau of Legends,” a government agency overseeing the training and deployment of deep-cover agents predominately on missions in North Africa and the Middle East. Now entering its fifth season, the acclaimed drama finds the Bureau in flux. Intelligence officer Guillaume Debailly, (Mathieu Kassovitz) codenamed “Malotru,” has gone missing. Meanwhile a new director takes over and paranoia mounts as a new agent, Mille Sabords (Louis Garrel), starts a precarious new investigation into the Saudi secret services. Breathlessly jumping from the Sinai, Phnom Penh, Moscow, Cairo, to Boulevard Mortier in Paris, The Bureau deftly examines the “human impact of deception” (The New York Times).

Binge Seasons 1–4

Watch FIAF’s Virtual Talk with Showrunner Eric Rochant

Important Updates

Updated: January 8, 2021

FIAF Is Open

Manhattan: Mon–Fri, 10am–4pm
Mon–Fri, 8:30am–4pm

Directions | Contact Info | Holidays

Please see program-specific details below.

The health and well-being of our students, members, visitors, and staff are our number one priority. We will be strictly following guidelines recommended by the CDC and public health authorities regarding COVID-19.

All people over the age of 2 are required to wear a face mask and maintain social distancing at all times. Health checks will be administered upon entering FIAF and a more frequent building-wide cleaning schedule has been implemented. Watch our safety guidelines video here.

Program Updates:

  • Preschool (IN PERSON): FIAF’s award-winning preschool remains open. For more information, visit Email us at if you have any questions.
  • French Exams: French certification exams have resumed at FIAF. Visit the Exams section for details.
  • French Classes for Adults:  For the winter sessions, FIAF is offering a wide selection of online classes for adults. Additionally, we will also offer in-person classes for adults at our Montclair location. NO in-person classes for adults offered in Manhattan. Browse upcoming classes here. Email us at if you have any questions.
  • French Classes for Children:  For the winter sessions, FIAF is offering both online classes on Zoom and in-person classes at our Manhattan and Montclair locations for ages 1–17. Browse upcoming classes here. Email us at if you have any questions.
  • Language Center Offices: You can stop by any Monday–Friday between 10am–4pm to sign up for French classes and purchase/pick-up textbooks. In-person placement tests can be scheduled by emailing us at
  • Private Lessons (ONLINE & IN PERSON): One-on-one and small group private lessons have resumed in person at FIAF. Online private lessons on Zoom will continue to be available throughout fall and winter. Request a private lesson here. Email us at if you have any questions.
  • Cultural Events: For our winter season, FIAF will continue presenting virtual film screenings, performances, Art de Vivre talks and wine tastings, and more for you to enjoy from the comfort of your home. View upcoming events here.
  • Library at FIAF: The library will remain closed throughout the winter season. Limited drop-off / pick-up service for books and materials is available to FIAF Members. All late fees are waived and due dates extended to after the closure period.
  • Digital Library: The Culturethèque digital library features French eBooks, bandes dessinées, magazines, music, podcasts, children’s books and cartoons, and more. Free access is available to FIAF Members. Learn more here.
  • Membership: For insider access to all our events (virtual and in-person), free weekly French films, and free access to Culturethèque digital library, sign up for a FIAF Membership here.
  • Stay Connected: Exciting cultural content is posted continually on FIAF’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages. Make sure to sign up for our newsletter to receive information about our classes and events.

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Robert G. Goelet

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Robert G. Goelet, a generous philanthropist and ardent supporter of French culture and education in the United States.

Mr. Goelet was notably instrumental in the 1972 merger of the two leading Franco-American organizations in New York, the French Institute and the Alliance Française, creating the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) as it is known today. This visionary union marked the beginning of a more robust institution, better able to serve the community in New York and beyond. This transformative event had a positive and lasting impact on our institution, still to this day.

Mr. Goelet served on the Board of Trustees of the French Institute from 1951-1972 and of the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) from 1972-2018.  He served FIAF as Chairman and was most recently Chairman Emeritus of the Board.

Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.

John R. Young

FIAF mourns the loss of John R. Young, our partner for many years as President and Director of The Florence Gould Foundation.

At the helm of the Foundation since 1983, John R. Young directly contributed to making FIAF’s Florence Gould Hall the vibrant, modern cultural center it is today.

The 360-seat theater, which opened in 1988, was built, and more recently renovated, thanks to the generous support of the Foundation.

Over the years, the Florence Gould Foundation also granted critical programmatic support, allowing FIAF to present a rich cultural season in the theater every year. The festivals, performances, talks, films and outreach programs enjoyed by the community would not have been possible without the Foundation’s generosity and John’s belief in our mission.

We are ever grateful for his long-standing support, cogent advice, and exceptional commitment to furthering the French-American friendship through the arts.

Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.