The Program

Founded in 1976 and building on centuries of shared ideals between France and the United States, The French-American Foundation works to enrich a transatlantic relationship that is essential in today’s world.

Over 40 Years of Global Influence.

The Foundation’s flagship Young Leaders Program was established in 1981 and has built an enduring network of leaders on both sides of the Atlantic. In this two-year program, alternating each year between France and the United States, groups of carefully selected up-and-coming leaders—in government, business, media, the military, and the cultural and non-profit sectors—spend five days discussing issues of common concern, meeting with local and global specialists, and getting to know one another.

  • A Well-Established And Long-Lasting Program.
  • A Rigorous Selection Process Leads To Exceptional Participants.
  • A Diverse Cultural And Professional Experience.
  • An Annual 4-Day High-Level Seminar.
  • A Powerful International Alumni Network.

Our Alumni

Among the Young Leaders alumni figure a diverse group of more than 525 highly accomplished figures: presidents and elected officials; ministers, secretaries and military leaders; CEOs, entrepreneurs, and inventors; award-winning writers, artists, and directors; and public agency executives.

These include prominent Americans such as President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former World Bank President Robert Zoellick. Prominent French alumni include current French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.


“The Foundation curates an engaging agenda of presentations and conversations with incredibly talented thought leaders and practitioners from both sides of the Atlantic. Through the seminar we build bridges of understanding that will sustain our bilateral relationship for years to come. It gives me great faith in the future.”


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