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France's role in dynamising francophony
Type of text : Opinion and report
Type of referral : Own initiative
Working group : Section for European and International Affairs
Date adopted : 10/01/2018 | Period : 2015-2020
There are currently some 274 million French-speakers in the world, and the number could rise to 750 million by 2050 if enough effort is made to improve education in French-speaking countries. This will require full awareness of what resources need implementing in order to meet the major educational needs identified in Frenchspeaking countries, especially in countries with extremely limited budgets in this field. Globalisation has created more opportunities for individuals speaking several languages to exchange, travel and work in many different countries.
Globalisation has created more opportunities for individuals speaking several languages to exchange, travel and work in many different countries.
French is one of the world’s topranking vehicular languages. It is therefore an asset for citizens of French-speaking countries, as well as for anybody who wishes to speak it, whether as mother tongue, so- called “second” language in many African countries, or as a foreign language learned for cultural and professional interests. This is why the French language, far from lacking in attractiveness, remains so dynamic, even though there is no guarantee of seeing any increase in its teaching.
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