- French is spoken by 300 million people on the 5 continents.
It indicates a 10% increase since 2014. That will be 757 million in 2070! In Africa, French is spoken daily by more than 138 million people in more than 30 countries.
- It is a language for the Job Market.
France is the 5th biggest economy and countries like Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Morocco also do business in French. In South Africa, nearly 400 French subsidiaries are present, employing directly more than 37,000 people. As one of the world’s largest economies and a leading destination for foreign investment, France is a key economic partner.
- French is the language of culture and international relationships.
It’s the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, visual arts, dance and architecture. French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts.
- French is a language for travel.
Travel to France, the world’s top tourist destination with more than 79,5 million visitors a year. But French also comes in handy when travelling throughout Africa, Canada, Monaco, the Seychelles and many other places.
- French is a fun language to learn.
French is an easy language to learn. About 27% of the words in English share a lexical similarity with French. It is estimated that 45% of the words in English originate from French. So, in order to improve your English, learn French!
- Half of the French-speaking people are located in Africa.
In Africa, French has a very specific status. Even if it is not the only official language in several African countries, it is often used as a vehicular language. Indeed, Africa clusters the largest number of French-speaking people than in any other continent.