Ever wonder why French is mostly considered the best practical language worldwide?
According to current statistics by the L’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), there are 274 million French speakers in the world.
This makes French the 5th most spoken language in the world and the 2nd most learned foreign one.
These statistics come from a 2014 analysis which discussed French’s progress since 2010.
The stats stated that “the lack of linguistic diversity encourages uniformity in the way we perceive and think the world” and the OIF is trying to keep French and multilingualism alive within international organizations.
Due to the population growth, the OIF estimates that the number of French speakers will increase to over 700 million by 2050, 80% of whom will be in Africa.
This would increase the proportion of French speakers in the world population from 3% to 8%.
However, to continue to progress, many more French teachers will be needed in Africa, else the feasibility of 700 million francophones by 2050 seems unlikely.
French is one of the five official languages of the United Nations. French claims the spot of the 3rd most important global business language, after English and Chinese, and the 2nd business language of the European zone after English (but still ahead of German, Russian, Italian and Spanish).
The French language also accounts for 5% of Internet pages, ranking between sixth and eighth of the languages most widely used on the Internet.