The Lycée Français Saint Louis de Stockholm Foundation, LFSL, was founded through the Constitution Act of 4 October 1963, the provisions of which are set out in §§ 1, 2 and 3 thereof and in its statutes. (link 1). As a legal entity, it acts in accordance with Swedish law of foundations (1994: 1220) to be followed in its administration, the provisions of the Constituent Act and manages its assets under an associated administration, including the physical persons who are part of the board (§2.2 law 1994: 1220).
Since 1992, the LFSL Foundation in Stockholm has entered into an agreement with AEFE, the agency for French education abroad (l’Agence pour l’enseignement français à l’étranger – link 2 to the AEFE website), which have a public commission. This administrative, financial and pedagogical agreement, is signed by the French Ambassador to Sweden, in his capacity as representative of the French State and of the President of the Foundation. The agreement, which is renewed every five years, applies to all classes at LFSL that are approved by the French Ministry of Education for Higher Education and Research (Article 2 of the Convention), namely from CP to Terminale. Thanks to the approved schools students abroad can study according to the French curriculum throughout their schooling, where the values and requirements of the French education system are respected.
A school’s approval is valid for five years and in order to be renewed, specific conditions must be met. The approval is granted in agreement with the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE).
Approval is centered around seven basic criteria, namely:
• respect for the principles and values of the French education system ;
• application of the French curriculum ;
• master the French language ;
• multilingual, linguistic policy ;
• the presence of qualified and regularly trained staff ;
• preparation and take French exams;
• secure premises and suitable equipment.
B – The purpose of the LFSL Foundation
The statutes of the LFSL Foundation define its purpose in Chapter § 3 :
“The Foundation, which is a non – profit organization, aims to conduct teaching in Stockholm leading to the French diplomas “Diplôme National du Brevet” and Baccalauréat, (corresponding to the Swedish final grade for compulsory school and upper secondary school).
The teaching follows – in order to enable schooling for French children staying in Sweden – among other things, the curricula for the French “enseignement préélémentaire”, “élémentaire” and “secondaire” (corresponding to Swedish preschool, primary school and high school), with the necessary adaptation to incorporate studies of Swedish society, Swedish culture, and the Swedish language.
The agreement between AEFE and the Foundation specifies in its articles the methods which make it possible to achieve the above-mentioned purpose.
The preschool, which since the issuance of a Swedish law in 2010 is no longer included in the agreement, is a Swedish preschool that follows the Swedish curriculum and is managed directly by the LFSL Foundation.
C – The composition of the Board (CA) and its meetings
The composition of the Board and its meetings are defined in Chapter 4 of the Articles of the statues and in Articles 4 and 14 of the agreement with AEFE.
§ 4 of the statutes
The board consists of three (3) colleges with three (3) people, ie. nine (9) members
with the right to vote and which are as follows:
● Three (3) elected representatives of the school staff (and one deputy), of which at least one (1) of the regular representatives is a French citizen and at least one (1) is a teacher
● Three (3) elected representatives of the parents (and one deputy), of which at least one (1) of the ordinary representatives is a French citizen
● Three (3) outsiders, appointed by the board. Of these three persons, who are not allowed to belong to the group of staff or parents, at least one (1) must be a French citizen. The Chairman of the Board is elected from among these three persons.
Article 4 of the agreement with AEFE:
At the board meetings, the following ex officio members sit with an advisory vote:
● Council for Culture and Science at the French Embassy
● Consul of France
● The principal
Article 14 of the agreement with AEFE:
At each board meeting, the following people are invited:
● The primary and middle school manager
● Chief Financial Officer
● The principal and Head of the Preschool School is an ex-officio member in accordance with the charter for the school, which she leads and which falls under Swedish law.
D – The role and responsibilities of the Board
They are defined in:
● Swedish legislation (legislation on foundations (1994: 1220) and some chapters in the Swedish Education Act for legal aspects and global financial management in foundations.
● The foundation’s statutes governing its deliberations and decisions (§ 5) and an auditor’s control of its budgetary management and approved accounts (§ 5) whose role is specifically defined (§ 6)
● The agreement with AEFE, mainly in the following articles:
– Art. 1 The foundation ensures the management … especially regarding local legislation
– Art. 4 That everything works correctly … depends on respect for the attributes and functions of each party within the framework of the division of responsibilities defined by agreement and shared governance. Financial documents, e.g. the preliminary budget and financial account for each financial year are presented every year to AEFE, under the auspices of the French Ambassador.
– Art. 7 and 17 Recruitment and management of local staff is a coordinated administration
– Art. 15 and 16 The delegation regarding signature and responsibility to the Headmaster
is defined. All these delegations are registered in the document entitled Delegation minutes, prepared and voted by the board after AEFE:s approval.
E – Tasks of the Board
● Duty of confidentiality
● Duty of loyalty
● Obligation to handle conflicts of interest
● Obligation for transparency
F – Links:
● Statutes of 17 december, signed by Mr. Guillaume Lefebvre (in French)
● AEFE’s website
● Agreement with AEFE from 31 May 2021, signed by Etienne LE HARIVEL de GONNEVILLE, Ambassador and Guillaume LEFEBVRE, Chairman (in French)
● Board Minutes (in French and Swedish)
G – Communication channel
For all contact with the Board, please follow the instructions you find by clicking on the link “form for comments and complaints“.
They meet the guidelines in the Swedish Education Act, chap. 4 §8.
BOARD MEMBERS 2021-2022
Guillaume Lefebvre, President
Senior Country Officer, born in1963.
Guillaume Lefebvre currently heads Crédit Agricole’s Corporate and Investment Banking activities in the Nordic and Baltic countries. Previously, he’s held various management positions within the Crédit Agricole Group, mainly in France and the United States. In addition to his professional activity, he is engaged in the educational sphere and in teaching in various university organizations in France, the United Kingdom and Finland. Certified administrator, he is treasurer of the French Chamber of Commerce in Sweden. Guillaume holds a Master of Science from HEC, a Master of Finance from Paris-Sorbonne and an MBA from the University of Hartford. Independent from the Lycée Français Saint Louis.
Eva Kristensson, Vice-president
Director of Brand & Communications, born in 1961.
Eva Kristensson is currently active in Sodexo Nordics as Director of Brand & Communications. She has previous experience such as Director of Market Communication and Investor Relations at Micronic Laser Systems AB. Eva has run her own communications agency, Straight Communication, in strategic communication and sustainability issues (1993-1997). Other board assignments consist of being a member of the French Chamber of Commerce in Sweden and a member of the solar energy company Midsummer AB. Eva has an international Master’s degree in marketing from Uppsala University. Independent in relation to the Lycée Francais Saint Louis.
Alain Demairé, co-opted member
Vice President OHB Sweden, born 1964.
Alain Demairé is currently responsible for the development of propulsion activities at OHB Sweden, which is one of the two leading space companies in Sweden (120 people). Its professional partners (suppliers, customers) are spread across all countries with space activity. His activities represent half of the company’s annual turnover and correspond to the foundation’s annual budget.
Alain Demairé teaches at KTH, is a regional diving instructor and has worked on various boards for associations in France and Sweden. He holds dual citizenship, has a Master of Science in Engineering from SupAéro-ENSICA, and holds an MBA from ESSEC.
Eric Bonnel, Treasurer, member elected by the parents
Mr. Eric Bonnel lives in Sweden since 2001, with a period of 4 years in the United Kingdom (2004-2008). After 20 years in finance at Handelsbanken, he started his own business in September 2020.
He has a child in the school since 2010, he was a member of the School Council (CE) for two years, before being elected to the Board of Directors in October 2020 by the parents of the school.Eric Bonnel is a volunteer in several associations, he is also a member of the Board of Directors of the local Rugby Club. He holds a diploma from IPAG Business School in Paris.
Françoise Guionneau, member elected by the staff
University teacher (Florida State University, Latin American University and Sweden) and researcher, Françoise Guionneau has taught Spanish at the Lycée Français Saint Louis in Stockholm since 1998, where she has also taught history and geography.
Doctor of linguistics, doctor of anthropology, master’s degree in Spanish, master’s degree in educational science, candidate for DEA in history, and studied at the Sorbonne and Nanterre.
Françoise Guionneau was an associate member of the CNRS within the framework of the Oral Language and Civilization Laboratory (UPR 3121 of the CNRS) for many years.
She has researched in close collaboration with the Smithsonian Institute. She has published in international specialized and Swedish journals. She has written several books including Messianism and Social Struggles among the Guaymi of Panama, published by Harmattan. She has been a board member of the LFSL Foundation since 2009.
– Guillaume Lefebvre, President, co-opted member
– Eva Kristensson, Vice-president, co-opted member
– Alain Demairé, co-opted member
– Stéphanie C, member elected by the staff
– Françoise Guionneau, member elected by the staff
– Marina Z, member elected by the staff
– Eric Bonnel, Treasurer, member elected by the parents
– Marion G, member elected by the parents
– Vacant, member elected by the parents
Ex-officio members without voting rights:
– Aurélien Loyson, Headmaster
– Katarina Koto, Director, Rektor “Förskolan”
– Aurélie de Poortere, Consul at the French Embassy
– Katerina Doytchinov, Council for Culture and Science at the French Embassy
Invited advisors without voting rights:
– Txomin Diaz, CEO
– Maël Renault, Elementary Director
– Ditte Mårgård-Alavi, HR Director
– Sophie Pier Federici, Communication Manager