in which countries of the world is french spoken

Answers to in which countries of the world is french spoken

How many French speakers are there? Where is French spoken? How many French-speaking countries are there? In which international organizations is French an official language? Read this introduction to some facts and figures about the French language.

There are 33 French speaking-countries - French is the or an official language in 33 countries, second only to English (spoken officially in 45). French and English are the only languages spoken as a native language on 5 continents and the only languages taught in every country in the world.

I. French is the official language of France and its overseas territories* as well as Bénin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Congo (Republic of), Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Guinea, Luxembourg, Mali, Monaco, Niger, Sénégal, and Togo.

French is the official language of the Belgian region of Wallonie; the Canadian province of Québec; and the Swiss districts of Vaud, Neuchâtel, Genève, and Jura.

II. French is one of two or more official languages in Belgium, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Channel Islands (Guernsey and Jersey), Comoros, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti (the two official languages are French and French Creole), Madagascar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Switzerland, and Vanuatu.

III. In many countries, French plays an important role, either as an administrative, commercial, or international language or simply due to a significant French-speaking population: Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Dominica (French patois), Egypt, Greece, Grenada (French patois), Guinea-Bissau, India, Italy (Valle d'Aosta), Laos, Lebanon, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Poland, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, United States (Louisiana, New England), Vatican City, and Vietnam.

IV. Although I haven't found any official information about what role French plays in them, the following countries are members of or associated with la Francophonie: Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldovia, Romania, and Slovenia.

According to La Francophonie dans le monde 2006-2007 (1) there are
128 million Francophones - Speak French (as a native or adopted language) fluently and use it on a regular basis.

72 million "partiel" Francophones - Live in a francophone country but do not speak French regularly, due to limited knowledge.

100-110 million students of all ages - Do not live in a francophone country, but have learned/are learning French in order to communicate with Francophones.

In 1999, French was the 11th most common first language in the world, with 77 million first language speakers and another 51 million second language speakers, according to the Ethnologue Report.

French is the second most commonly-taught second language in the world (after English).

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