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    Top 9 Reasons The French Language Is More Important To The French Than I Once Thought

    posted in Our hosts, the French! on Monday, 20 February 2017

    Salut!  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. 

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    How to Make Friends In Paris

    posted in Facts About Paris on Thursday, 23 March 2017

    I’m writing this short guide for any expat or any other person as they plan on moving to Paris — but it can as well be applied to any situation in whatever city or place in the world and it’s for anyone who wants to connect with others.

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    9 sure ways to live in France for as long as you want.

    posted in Facts About Paris on Sunday, 30 October 2016

    You’ve been here in Paris for a day, and it’s already in your blood.  The food, the fashion, the very air you breathe proclaim, “this is my home.”

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    The 2017 French Presidential Election: Top Candidates’ Migration Programmes.

    posted in on Tuesday, 18 April 2017

    I started writing this post from Valence, a southeastern French city where I've been invited by friends to spend the Easter weekend. I got back to Paris last night and had to finish it before publishing it today. Like at any traditional French family mealtime, a few topics emerged going from food recipes, to world’s current affairs via the upcoming French presidential elections. At Expats Paris, we don’t talk at about current issues, we don’t either write about French political issues. While discussing with my friends (during this Easter five hours meal), I had a thought about an almost-similar conversation topic I had a few weeks ago with Christian and Tony on WhatsApp. Our conversation brought up concerns over the way French people should vote for. We basically expressed our worries about a candidate that may lead the country to a Frexit and lock it up to itself, throwing away all the cultural and economic benefits it’s been enjoying from its Foreign Policy and immigration, in particular. Back to the dinner table.  

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    The 2017 French Presidential Election: Top Candidates’ Migration Programmes.

    posted in on Tuesday, 18 April 2017

    I started writing this post from Valence, a southeastern French city where I've been invited by friends to spend the Easter weekend. I got back to Paris last night and had to finish it before publishing it today. Like at any traditional French family mealtime, a few topics emerged going from food recipes, to world’s current affairs via the upcoming French presidential elections. At Expats Paris, we don’t talk at about current issues, we don’t either write about French political issues. While discussing with my friends (during this Easter five hours meal), I had a thought about an almost-similar conversation topic I had a few weeks ago with Christian and Tony on WhatsApp. Our conversation brought up concerns over the way French people should vote for. We basically expressed our worries about a candidate that may lead the country to a Frexit and lock it up to itself, throwing away all the cultural and economic benefits it’s been enjoying from its Foreign Policy and immigration, in particular. Back to the dinner table.  

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