A good many English-speaking organizations exist to promote social ties between members and engage in a wide variety of shared activities.

Alumni de l'Université d'Edimbourg en France
18 rue Dussoubs
75002 Paris
01 69 00 49 91
Web www.dev.ed.ac.uk/clubs/france/dev.ed.ac.uk/clubs/france
Email pamela.marr@wanadoo.fr

A 1901 association, Sthe Alumni de l'Université d'Edimbourg en France (AUEF) aims to promote relations of all types between former students of the University of Edinburgh resident in or visiting France. Any person interested in the University of Edinburgh may be a member.

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American Catholic Women's Organisation
Saint Joseph's Church
50 avenue Hoche
75008 Paris
01 42 27 28 56
Web www.stjoeparis.org
Email info@stjoeparis.org

The American Catholic Women's Organisation is a non-profit organisation offering activities, services, and resources for the English-speaking community in Paris. ACWO activities include cultural visits within Paris, French and cooking lessons, Bridge clubs, pilgrimages, and a Lenten retreat. ACWO welcomes all nationalities and faiths in its association.

The American Club of Paris
34 avenue de New York
75116 Paris
01 47 23 64 36
Web www.americanclubparis.org
Email admin@americanclubparis.org

Tracing its origins back to Benjamin Franklin's Sunday lunches in Passy, this distinguished social club fosters and encourages social and cultural activities among Americans and people of other nationalities who are more or less directly concerned with American and international affairs.

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The American Women's Group in Paris
32 rue du Général Bertrand
75007 Paris
01 42 73 36 74
Web www.awgparis.org
Email awgparis@wanadoo.fr

For over 50 years, The American Women's Group has provided social and cultural events for English speaking women. Classes, tours and social gatherings offer an opportunity for English speakers in Paris to experience and appreciate the many wonderful things France has to offer while making friends and having fun.

Membership in the AWG is open to all English speaking women. Partial year memberships are available.

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Association of American Wives of Europeans
34 avenue de New York
75116 Paris
01 40 70 11 80
Web www.aaweparis.org
Email see http://aaweparis.org/pages/contact

Founded fifty years ago, the AAWE has some 600 members. The group strives to increase understanding between French people and Americans, and to support American women and their families in France through educational, charitable, cultural and social activities. Its holiday bazaar is a Parisian institution.

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British and Commonwealth Women's Association
157 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré
75008 Paris
01 47 20 50 91
Web www.bcwa.org
Email bcwa.paris@wanadoo.fr

The BCWA Clubroom, in the centre of Paris, houses an excellent English language library. Clubroom activities include yoga, cartonnage, bridge, art, Mah Jong, crafts, French conversation, and Pilates. Talks are given monthly on a variety of subjects and from time to time special events are organised. During clubroom opening hours someone is always there to welcome you when you arrive and to make sure that you enjoy your visit.

Outside the Clubroom, BCWA members join in activities which take place in members’ homes or other locations in Paris. These include book discussions, patchwork and needlework, French/English conversation. The BCWA is also active in the suburbs, with tennis, swimming and walking plus a group that meets monthly to discuss Matters of the Moment. There is also a very popular gardening group.

Membership is open to any woman who is herself, or who is married to, a British or Commonwealth citizen.

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British Community Committee
Web www.britishinfrance.com

The committee exists to co-ordinate the activities of British social, educational and other organisations in the Paris region, and to act on behalf of the British community on all official or social occasions of importance which do not come within the exclusive province of any particular British organisation.

Each British organisation in the Paris region is represented by a delegate, plus fifteen elected members of British nationality interested in the welfare of the community. A social diary is maintained to avoid conflict of dates in the many activities of the British community.

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The Cambridge Society
20 avenue Anatole France
78300 Poissy
Web www.camsocparis.org

The Cambridge Society of Paris enables persons with connections with the University who live in France to maintain contact with each other, and to share a number of common interests. The Society offers members an annual programme of events.

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Canadian Women's Association
5 rue de Constantine
75007 Paris
01 44 43 21 03
Web www.canadiennesaparis.org
Email info@canadiennesaparis.org

The Canadian Women's Group in Paris was founded in 1978 in order to foster closer ties among Canadians in France, to promote the dual culture of Canada and to provide assistance to newcomers in adapting to the French lifestyle.

The Group publishes a monthly newsletter announcing coming activities. A monthly meeting at the Canadian Cultural Center features a guest speaker. Guided visits to art exhibitions, monuments and neighbourhoods, evening outings to plays and operas, and mutual interest groups, such as a book club, bridge club, cinema circle, golf and tennis are organized. Special events throughout the year include a Christmas cocktail, an annual trip in France and a members' art exhibition.

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Club Canada Paris
Abbey Bookstore
29 rue de la Parcheminerie
75005 Paris
01 46 33 16 24
Web alevdesign.com/abbey/abbey_en.html
Email abparis@compuserve.com

Club Canada Paris organises a broad variety of bilingual activities ranging from pub evenings to countryside walks.

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Democrats Abroad
Web www.democratsabroad.org/group/france

Democrats Abroad France is one of 75 active committees around the world connecting Americans with US politics – registering, informing, motivating voters, supporting candidates, holding events and raising funds. It's open to any American citizen of voting age who supports the principles of the Democratic Party.

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USA Girl Scouts Overseas
34 avenue de New York
75116 Paris
01 45 79 39 73
Web www.parisgirlscouts.org
Email see email contact form

Founded in 1949, USA Girl Scouts Overseas Paris (USAGSO-PARIS) is entirely run by volunteers and has nearly 400 members in Paris and greater France. USAGSO-PARIS provides the Girl Scout of the USA program to girls in kindergarten through 12th grade living in France who are American citizens, or whose parent is an American citizen, or a girl attending an American or international school.

Today's Girl Scouts offers girls so many exciting new ways to do so many amazing things. Girl Scout experiences build self-confidence, hone creative decision-making skills, and strengthen teamwork. We can watch our girls develop real-world leadership abilities that will last a lifetime. If you can think it, chances are you can do it with Girl Scouts. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

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Ile de France Walks
Web http://idfwalks.blogspot.com
Email idfwalkfriends.org

Ile de France Walks is an informal, bilingual group organizing a variety of walks, mainly on Wednesdays, in the greater Paris area. Membership is free: send an email to enroll.

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The Oxford in Paris Society
46 rue du Général Foy
75008 Paris
01 34 87 62 55
Web www.oxfordinparis.com

The Oxford in Paris Society is open to all past and present members of Oxford University and especially those who are living in France. Members of the Society meet on a monthly basis, suitably, in a Paris pub.

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Paris Soirées
06 43 79 35 18
Web www.parissoirees.com
Email parissoirees@gmail.com

Soirées take place each Wednesday and Sunday evening. Sundays are dinnertime social events. Wednesdays are network evenings. Advance reservation is required for all events. Unsurpassed networking opportunities, socializing, great food and wine. Both soirées have speakers and topics.

The Paris Welsh Society
Web www.pariswelshsociety.org
Email see contact form

The Paris Welsh Society exists to foster good relations between the Welsh ex-pats in Paris and those French people with an interest in all things Welsh. We organise a Saint David's dinner, an Owain Glyn dwr lecture, lunches and a Noson Siarad Cymraeg once a month to which all are welcome and other events in pubs and "chez" our members.

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The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
Web www.rscdsparis.org
Email secretary@rscdspaaris.org

Scottish Country Dancing is danced in groups (called sets) of four, six or eight. Some dances are easy, while others take a lot longer to learn. Elegance, strength, teamwork and most of all fun are combined to make dancing a fantastic experience. Opening windows to Scottish culture, you can dance in Paris, you can take your dancing shoes to Scotland (of course), but also to New York, Tokyo, or Hawaii... on the five continents and find dancers ready to welcome you all over the world.

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BP 161
75015 Paris

SISTERS is an organization of African-American women in France.

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Standard Athletic Club
Au Clos Obeuf
Route forestière du Pavé de Meudon
92360 Meudon-la-Forêt
01 46 26 16 09
Web www.saclub.org
Email contact@saclub

The Standard Athletic Club is an English-speaking sports and social Club set in the beautiful forest of Meudon south-west of Paris. Founded in 1890 by a group of young British businessmen, the SAC has been in Meudon since 1922. A country club at the gates of Paris with an oasis of green lawns, trees and flowers, it is remote from the Paris bustle but only some 10 kms from Etoile.

Sports facilities include eight tennis courts; huge playing fields for football, hockey and cricket; a heated outdoor swimming pool, two squash courts, a work-out room and fitness classes. In the Clubhouse you will find a fully licensed bar and extensive restaurant and catering facilities, a full-size snooker table, a bridge room and a children's playroom. There are regular Sunday Brunches, Thursday Pub Nights, dinner dances, summer barbecues and a wide variety of other social events.

Membership is international, made up of permanent residents and expatriates. With its British origins, the Club still has a majority of English-speaking members.

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Toastmasters 75
Web www.toastmasters75.org
Email secretary@toastmasters75.org

Toastmasters 75 is the Paris branch of Toastmasters International, the leading non-profit association devoted to making effective oral communication a worldwide reality. Toastmasters 75 meets twice a month during the evening in a Paris resturant. In this club you will learn the arts of speaking, listening and giving constructive evaluations. It is also a social occasion where you will meet interesting people from all fields.

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Toc H Association
Web toch-uk.org.uk

The Paris Branch was started in 1937. The aim is for elderly British subjects to keep in contact with each other, so monthly teas are organized and a Christmas lunch is held. When possible they are taken out for a day in the country and are visited at home when they are not well. Most meetings and activities take place at St. Michael's Church, 5 rue d'Aguesseau, 75008 Paris. Chairman Midge Hopkin, email mhopkin@free.fr

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Women's International Club
c/o ICAO
3 bis villa Emile Bergerat
92522 Neuilly-sur-Seine Cedex
Web http://pariswic.org
Email pariswic@pariswic.org

The Women's International Club "Le WIC de Paris" provides an opportunity when moving from one country to another to find friends with an international background. This English language club unites 40 different nationalities, including French. Activities include excursions, visits, coffee mornings, bridge, ikebana, jewellery, porcelain painting, language conversation, gymnastics, needlework and patchwork.

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Women of the American Church
65 quai d'Orsay
75007 Paris
01 40 62 05 00
Web www.woac.net
Email see contact form

The WOAC is a community outreach non-profit program of the American Church in Paris, an active international and interdenominational group that helps people connect with each other through programs of cross-cultural awareness, spiritual growth, study, and service.

The WOAC offers programs and activities, open to all, based on the interests and needs of the English-speaking expatriate community. These activities include the Bloom Where You're Planted orientation program, monthly neighborhood coffee group meetings, and the Welcome Table and the Information Center at the American Church.

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Revised 26 June 2012