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French President Macron Allegedly Plans to Make French the First Language of Africa

With more than 275 million French speakers around the world, French is, officially, the fifth most spoken language on the planet.

French is the second most studied language in the European Union, but also the most widely used language on the African continent as a language of instruction.

In contrast, the French language is considered one of the most difficult in the world!

In cause, its many rules of spelling, conjugation and syntax. A complexity that intrigues many speakers.


A few months ago, the French president announced the realization, in connection with the French Academy, of “a dictionary of the Francophonie”, but also to surround himself with African intellectuals, like Alain Mabanckou, for “Think about a new project for the Francophonie to make it a tool of influence, at the service of economic integration”. The head of state promises: “French will be the first language of Africa”, and he hesitates, “maybe the world”.

An ideal promise, but not idealistic.

Imma Tor, an advisor in French language and linguistic diversity at a recognized French law firm, confided in an interview that “more than half of the daily speakers of French live in Africa today and, according to some conjectures, French should become 2050 the first language of the world “…

The answer we will have in 33 years.

In addition, this Tuesday, March 20, 2018, Macron unveiled its plan to promote the French language.

He announced to the press, increased support to education systems in French-speaking countries, particularly in Africa, through the “mobilization of new resources” to enable teachers “to do their job in good conditions, and allow all children to access quality education in French “.


Written by How Africa

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