In its broadest meaning, the word Francophonie encompasses all the activities of promoting the French Language and all the values it offers. With the institutional direction - one then writes it with an F capital -, it qualifies to be the international organization - OIF - which brings together the 55 States and governments which have chosen to accede to its Charter.

• Who are the French-speaking people?

• Why speak French?

• Who teaches French?

• TV5 World service television in French language

• France 24

• 264,100,000 people share French language

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Who are the French-speaking people?

A rapidly growing community

French is always spoken in many parts of the world. It is among the major languages of communication on the planet. While it is he is spoken less than Chinese or Hindi,together , with English is the only language present on all the continents.

Why speak French?

In North America, it is to maintain a cultural identity.
In sub-Saharan Africa, French gives access to basic education. French is the language of development and modernity.
In Central and Eastern Europe, the knowledge of French is associated with membership in greater Europe: its three capitals, Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg, are French-speaking and, within the institutions of the European Union, French is a working language together with English.
French is one of the working languages of the United Nations, one of the two official languages of the International Olympic committee, and the only universal language of the postal services, as well as the main language of the African Union.

Who teaches French?

The operators of the Francophonie envoys, in close relations with France and the 850,000 teachers of French in the world, evaluate requests and expand teaching with the new public.
French colleges and the institutions recognized abroad make a major contribution to the popularization of French. This single network of over 440 institutions, established in 135 countries, receive more than 250,000 French and foreign students.

Dernière modification : 15/07/2011

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