French is the second-most widespread language worldwide after English. It is being an official language in 29 countries, It is spoken as a first language in France, the provinces of Quebec, Manitoba and some parts of Ontario in Canada. The total speakers of French language in the world are 74 million. French is spoken on five different continents which are Africa (12.68%), America (15.42), Asia (0.86%), Europe (42.29%), and Oceania (63%).
The ability to speak both French and English is an advantage for finding a job with the many multinational companies using French as their working language, in a wide range of sectors (retailing, automotive, luxury goods, aeronautics, etc.). France, as the world’s fifth biggest economy, attracts entrepreneurs, researchers and the cream of foreign students.
In today’s world, speaking one foreign language is not enough. Students who speak several languages will increase their chances of finding a job, whether at home or abroad. Learning another language enriches the mind and opens up new horizons, both personal and professional.
Speaking French opens up opportunities for higher education at some of France’s best-known universities. France is the world’s top tourist destination and attracts more than 79.5 million visitors a year.
French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, and NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts. Proficiency in French is essential for anyone considering a career in any international organization.
French is the language of the universal ideals advocated by the philosophers of the 18th century Enlightenment, who helped to spread the idea of human rights throughout the world.