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We could not manage the school opening due to Covid-19 crisis and we will stay closed for our 2020 season. This is a sad decision but conditions are too uncertain and we want our guests to travel safely and be secure at the villa. Conditions should be better in 2021, fingers crossed !
FROM NOW,  book your 2021 French Course in France

Online French Courses

If you want to keep working on your French or support the school, our teachers are available for Skype lessons. All the details available here:
Online French Courses

Staff at L'Ecole des Trois Ponts,
French language & cooking school

Our staff

Director & Head Teacher Valérie PEREZ

Head teacher, French teacher, Course Co-ordinator and responsible for Public Relations


Master of Applied Foreign Languages in Besançon


English, Spanish

Valérie has been working at Ecole des Trois Ponts since 1997. She is your Director and head teacher. In her spare time, she also enjoys swimming, travelling and studying ancient civilizations.


Chef and Cooking Teacher Lilian DEAL


Cooking studies in Roanne. Several years experience in different restaurants in Roanne, la Réunion, Terres Australes and Antartiques.

Lilian is our in-house chef and cooking teacher for both private and group classes. His hobbies include guitar, piano and drawing.

French teacher and Head of Groups Geneviève BRIENNON 


Master of Teaching in French Linguistics & Techniques
Master of Language Sciences in Lyon


German, English

Geneviève has been with us since 2005 and is a full-time teacher at Ecole des Trois Ponts. She also teaches adults preparing for administrative competition contests. When she's not teaching, she enjoys volleyball, travelling and diverse readings.


French teacher Marie-Christine KAGAN


Master of Applied Foreign Languages in Clermont-Ferrand


English, Spanish

Before joining us as a French teacher, Marie-Christine taught in various establishments. Her hobbies include literature, travel, music and animals.

French teacher  Christelle RAVEZ


Master of French Language for non-native speakers in Lyon II
Master of Applied Foreign Languages in Lyon III
Previously French teacher at Alliance Française of Mexico and París and Head teacher at Alliance Française de Medellín  Colombia. She enjoys playing with her kids, dansing and travelling...


English, Spanish




Sylvie has worked in a number of restaurants and hotels as a  cleaning lady. She enjoys gardening.

FOUNDER and your host René DOREL
Responsible for managing operations, website, marketing and guests at the Villa

English, Japanese

René founded the Ecole des Trois Ponts in 1991 and has spent many years developing it into the fine establishment it is today. His leisure time is filled with travelling, photography and English classic motorbikes.


Pastry and Chocolate Specialists  Duet Laurice BESSON & Pierre FULACHIER


Pierre has a background in cooking and pastry. He worked in Paul Bocuse brasserie Le Sud in Lyon and in different restaurants.
Laurice has a Pastry training and worked in Pastry shops in Lyon and at Maison Pilati in Roanne.
They now own and run the Beaulieu Restaurant in Riorges.