Autumn Edition 2017

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Did you know that French is the official language in 29 countries around the world?

A language is considered official when its use is compulsory in all State services and in private establishments aimed at the general public. It could be the population’s maternal language or a language learned on a majority basis in the country and used by its inhabitants. A co-official language is one that shares the status of official language with one or various others.

French is the second language in the world most widely used as an official or co-official language.

French is the official or co-official language in 29 countries throughout the world, placing it in the second highest position after English. In 2016, 220 million people used French as an official or co-official language. The language of Molière thus became the fourth linguistic community in the world, after English, Hindi and Mandarin. According to the International Organization of the Francophonie, there will be 700 million French speakers in 30 years time.

In geographical terms, Europe has the greatest number of French speakers, with 39.87%, closely followed by Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean with 36.03%, behind which are North Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean islands and America. In Europe, the majority of French speakers can be found in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Monaco and in the Aosta Valley (Italy). The most widely populated francophone country is the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Countries where French is the official or co-official language

French is the official language in the following countries: The Democratic Republic of the Congo, France, Canada, Madagascar, Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Senegal, Mali, Rwanda, Belgium, Guinea, Chad, Haiti, Burundi, Benin, Switzerland, Togo, the Central African Republic, Gabon, Comoros, Equatorial Guinea, Djibouti, Luxembourg, Vanuatu, the Seychelles and Monaco.

The second most studied language

French is taught as a foreign language in the majority of countries, making it the second most studied language throughout the world. It is one of the UN’s six working languages, one of three that is used in proceedings related to the European Union and the only language used at the Court of Justice.