COUNTRIES THAT SPEAK FRENCH
We continue with the series of COUNTRIES THAT SPEAK SPANISH and COUNTRIES THAT SPEAK ENGLISH, today we are going to see the countries that speak French. French is a language that is spoken by some 280 million people, which is why it has earned its place in the TOP 5 most spoken languages in the world.
French is more widespread on the African continent , with 21 countries having French as their official or co-official language. This is because those countries were French colonies for many years. Despite this, the country with the most French-speaking people in the world is in Europe. If you want to know what it is, keep going reading to the end.
Africa is the continent with the most countries with French as their official language, specifically 21. On this continent, the country with the most Francophones is the Democratic Republic of the Congo , with some 32 million people, followed by Ivory Coast with almost 13 million French speakers.
The countries that have French as their official language in Africa are: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon , Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Togo, Djibouti.
In America, the country with the most Francophones is Canada, with about 8 million people. It must be said that this language is not spoken throughout the Canadian territory, since they share official status with English. 60% of the population speak French, while 90% speak English. Also note that Quebec is where the most French is spoken, since it is the only official language.
In addition to Canada, there is also another country where it is spoken, and this is Haiti, which, apart from having French as an official language, also has Creole. French is more widespread among the young population and in the commercial sector.
The Asian continent does not have any country with French as its official language, however, it is still very present in Lebanon, where it was official until 1999. Today, it is still taught in schools as a second language, with Arabic being the official language. In addition, many documents in common use in government are They wrote in French , so it is still an important language.
As with Asia, in Oceania it is difficult to find a country with this language as an official language, however, there is. Vanuatu , which I talked about in a previous post , shares French, as an official language, with English and Bislama. Of almost 300,000 inhabitants, a third speak it . In a country where the largest number of languages per inhabitant is concentrated, with 138 languages , the fact that French is spoken by a third of the country's inhabitants is worthy of admiration.
If you want to learn more about Vanuatu , the country with the highest range of languages per inhabitant, I invite you to visit the Alex Francois , where you can find much more information about this country and its languages.
Europe is the second continent with the most countries with French as the official language, in addition, Europe was the cradle of French. The country with the most French speakers in the world is France with 63 million, almost 100% of them speak French. In addition to France, we find Luxembourg, with almost 84% of French speakers, Monaco with 66%, Belgium with 39% and Switzerlandwhich despite being French the official language, also has three other official languages, so the number of French speakers is 20%.
IS IT REALLY THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE?
Yes, even though it is the official language, there are countries where it is used by less than 5% of the population, due to the great variety of languages in those places. These countries include Madagascar, Burkina Faso, Burundi and Seychelles. All of them with a percentage of Francophones of between 4% and 5%. At the other extreme, in addition to France and Luxembourg, we also find Gabon, where almost 75% speak French.