The Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) just published La Langue française dans le monde 2010, its most recent report on the state of the French language in the world today. It will be in bookstores October 21 (éd. Nathan, 26€), just a day before the XIIIème Sommet de la Francophonie takes place this weekend, October 22-24, in Montreux, Switzerland.
Some statistics on the French language:
Over 60 million people speak French as a native language in France, but this include the DOM-TOMS, so remember that there are many places all over the world that are “France” but are not located in Europe, whether they are départements, territories or have a somewhat independent status:
Members of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie
So if you want to learn the French language, but do not want to study in or visit France in Europe, you can always go to a DOM-TOM or one of these countries where French is either an official language or a commonly used language (ranked according to number of French speakers):
You can download a 26 page summary of La Langue française dans le Monde 2010 in PDF format.
And OIF is now on Twitter: @OIFfrancophonie
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