ABOUT US

WHO WE ARE

We are both travelers, wanderers with respect for our planet, sharing the same adventure for more than 30 years.  From our native city of Lyon to Rabat, we lived in many countries in west and north Africa before falling in love with Montpellier and the sunny South of France.

VÉRONIQUE FORGEMONT

“I’ve been teaching French as a foreign language for 20 years.  I worked and taught French in the network of Instituts Français and Alliances Françaises before opening my own school in Rabat where I developed and led many French language programs for French businesses operating in Morocco as well as for personnel of the United Nations, the European Union, NGOs and consulting firms.

And then after some time, I felt like it was time to come back to France and settle in a city where the sun shines 300 days a year!  Montpellier, at the crossroads of the Mediterranean in the South of France, was the perfect place to continue my teaching and open a French language school reflecting what I value most: professionalism in a warm, friendly atmosphere.  

At IFO, I create the programs and teach most of the French classes, but I will also be there to visit the latest photo exhibit, give you restaurant or day trip recommendations, or tell you about the latest film releases so you can learn French under the best conditions while living like the French in the heart of the Mediterranean.  You’ll get to know its region, its residents and its dynamic.

YVES RICHARD

“I’m a consultant and trainer, working in education systems and specializing in French-speaking Africa and the Maghreb regions.  I am sometimes away on assignment but am mainly based in Montpellier and IFO is my new challenge.

I’m thrilled to be starting a language school on a human-scale with Veronique, where French courses go hand in hand with exploring the South of France and its culture, and I will be happy to share this with you.  At IFO, I’m responsible for administration and management. I’ll be your contact for enrollment, accommodations and reserving leisure activities. I will also accompany you on certain visits and will be happy to share with you the great little restaurants I’ve found.  I like to talk, exchange opinions and debate ideas. Our lunches will be a time of conversation and exchange . . . in French of course! That’s the best way to learn the French language.

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