The language of “La Marseillese” is still powerful
The culture of France and of the French people has been shaped by geography, by profound historical events, and by foreign and internal forces and groups. The importance of French culture has waned and waxed over the centuries, depending on its economic, political and military importance. French culture today is marked both by great regional and socioeconomic differences and by strong unifying tendencies. In this fact, the language has played an important role.
French is a Romance language spoken as a first language by around 136 million people worldwide.A total of 250 million speak it as either a first or as a second language. Moreover, roughly 110 million people learn French as a second or third language. French speaking communities are present in 56 countries and territories. But the head of the OIF’s observatory of the French language, Alexandre Wolff, told the AFP news agency Friday that the growth is far from guaranteed. French is a second language for most of its speakers, so it will only continue to flourish if countries keep it on their school syllabuses.
Moreover, French figures ninth on the list of most-spoken languages and OIF researchers believe that the number of French-speakers is actually growing. Their research shows a rise in the number of Francophones since 2007. The best example of this is that French is spoken by more people than ever — 220 million worldwide, 20 million more than in 2007, according to a new report launched by the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF) at its summit in Montreux, Switzerland, last month.
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