The French language in the world

The French language by the numbers:

  • The French language is the fifth language most spoken in the world
  • 274 million people speak French
  • French is the most learned second language
    • That is to say 76 million students
  • French is the third language most spoken in the business community
  • Every year, there are about 125 million people who learn French
  • Places where French is the most widespread: 36.4 % of Europeans speak French, 54.7% of the people on the African continent.
  • On the other end, just 7.6% of the people on the American continent speak French and only 0.3% of them in Asia et Oceania
  • For 50% of French speaking people, using it is an important asset in regard to:
    • Their education
    • Their professional future
    • Access to information and world news
    • Their personal lifestyle

 

 

The French language in the world

Map of countries where french is spoken