FRANCE : A KEY PLAYER ON THE WORLD STAGE
With over 220 million speakers today on every continent, French is set to become the 4th most widely-spoken language in 2050.
Economically, France is one of the key players in the luxury market , fashion and gastronomy and a major contributor in the energy, aeronautical, pharmaceutical and information technology industries.
Academically, France is one of the top destinations for post-secondary education. The quality and prestige of receiving a French education and degree are but two among many other reasons to learn French.
Culturally, France sets the standard for elegance, refinement, philosophy and savoir-vivre.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT FRANCE
- French is the most widly-spoken 5th language in the world, the 3rd most widely used language on Facebook and Wikipedia, and the 2nd most widely learnt foreign language.
- French is an official language of 29 countries.
- French is the working language in numerous multilateral and international organizations (the UN, OCDE, WTO, etc.).
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8 good reasons for learning French
A world language
More than 220 million people speak French on the five continents. The OIF, an international organisation of French-speaking countries, comprises 77 member States and governments. French is the second most widely learned foreign language after English, and the sixth most widely spoken language in the world. (more...)
A language for the job market
As the world’s fifth biggest economy and third-ranking destination for foreign investment, France is a key economic partner.The ability to speak French and English is an advantage on the international job market. A knowledge of French opens the doors of French companies in France and other French-speaking parts of the world (Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, and the continent of Africa). (more...)
The language of culture
French is the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture. A knowledge of French offers access to great works of literature in the original French, as well as films and songs. (more...)
A language for travel
France is the world’s top tourist destination and attracts more than 79,5 million visitors a year. The ability to speak even a little French makes it so much more enjoyable to visit Paris and all the regions of France and offers insights into French culture, mentality and way of life. French also comes in handy when travelling to Africa, Switzerland, Canada, Monaco, the Seychelles and other places. (more...)
A language for higher education
Speaking French opens up study opportunities at renowned French universities and business schools, ranked among the top higher education institutions in Europe and the world. Students with a good level of French are eligible for French government grants to enroll in postgraduate courses in France in the discipline of their choice and qualify for internationally recognised degrees. (more...)
The other language of international relations
French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts. (more...)
A language that opens up the world
After English and German, French is the third most widely used language on the Internet, ahead of Spanish. (more...)
The language of love and reason
First and foremost, learning French is the pleasure of learning a beautiful, rich, melodious language, often called the language of love. French is also an analytical language that structures thought and develops critical thinking, which is a valuable skill for discussions and negotiations. (more...)
Sources : diplomatie.gouv.fr