Grand Lycée Franco-Libanais

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Grand Lycée Franco-Libanais de Beyrouth
Mission Laïque Française

Coordinates33°52′57″N 35°30′57″E / 33.8824229°N 35.515823299999965°E / 33.8824229; 35.515823299999965
TypePrivate school
FounderMission laïque française
PrincipalXavier Ferrand
AthleticsSwimming, ultimate, football, basketball, tennis, handball, ping-pong, gymnastics, acrogym, squash, volleyball, athletics, badminton
AffiliationsMission laïque française
LanguagesFrench, Latin, Arabic, English, Spanish, German, Italian

The Grand Lycée Franco-Libanais (GLFL) is a prestigious French lycée in the Achrafieh district of Beirut, founded in 1909 by the Mission laïque française.[1] The institution leads as the flagship of the French lycées operating in Lebanon.[citation needed] It is recognised as a French international school by the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE).[2]


The school buildings in Achrafieh, Beirut, designed by Michel Ecochard in 1961.

Over a century old, the Grand Lycée has made its way through Lebanese modern history. The Lebanese civil war, which began in 1975, marks the most serious crisis the Grand Lycée ever faced. The buildings were badly damaged and due to their proximity to the Green Line, access was difficult. From 1996 to 2003, the lycée undertook comprehensive renovations, where all the "Ecochard" buildings were rehabilitated and new structures were constructed. The stadium "Stade du Chayla" was inaugurated on 25 March 2005 and renovated in 2018.

Initially located in the Sodeco neighborhood near the central Beirut district, it later moved to Beni Assaf Street, near the French embassy and Saint Joseph University in the Badaro neighborhood. GLFL has ten buildings, five of which were conceived by the French planner Michel Ecochard, and also added a new athletic stadium on Damascus street: "Le stade de Chayla".


Brice Léthier was the previous headmaster of the Grand Lycée. The school offers classes to more than 3,600 students. It remains the flagship institution of the Mission Laïque Française organisation and leads its eight established schools in Lebanon.

School departments include 3 libraries in which students can find a network of computers intended for educational resources, as well as 27,000 books and literary archives including newspapers, novels, and magazines. A secondary library known as the BCD is also available to younger students.

Across the street, the brand new Stade du Chayla comprises a track-and-field playground, along with tennis, badminton, basketball and mini-soccer courts. The building includes table tennis and squash halls as well as an indoor swimming pool.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Le site de la Mission laique francaise et de l'OSUI – les etablissements – ecoles et lycees". Mission Laique Française. Archived from the original on 4 June 2008. Retrieved 13 June 2008.
  2. ^ "Grand Lycée franco-libanais". Agency for French Education Abroad. Retrieved 7 May 2022.

Further reading[edit]

  • Jean-Pierre BEL Le Grand Lycée franco-libanais, 100 ans au service de la MLF et du Liban. Chemaly (Beirut), 2010. (French)

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