Francophone Month

Francophone Month

  • 7 March 2014 - 22 March 2014
  • Alliance Francaie de Jersey Town Hall, Seale Street Tel: 875 655
  • Jersey Arts Centre, Berni Gallery Phillips Street Tel: 700 444
  • Cinema Exhibition French Language Photography

March is always a special month for all the French speaker across the globe. Indeed, from the 15th to 23rd of March, we celebrate the Francophone Week and the 20th of March is the International Day of the “Francophonie”.

Do you know that :

220 million French speakers worldwide

There are an estimated 220 million French speakers worldwide.

French is the 9th most widely spoken language on the planet

French is the 9th most widely spoken language on the planet and the only one, together with English, to be spoken on all five continents.

French is the 3rd most widely used language on the Web

French is the 3rd most widely used language on the Web with 5% of Internet pages, after English (45%) and German (7%) and ahead of Spanish (4.5%).

900,000 French teachers worldwide

There are an estimated 900,000 French teachers worldwide.

96.2 million French-speakers in Africa

Africa is the continent with the largest number of French speakers, with 96.2 million French speakers in the IOF member countries.

The IOF : 75 States and governments

The International Organisation of Francophonie has 75 States and governments (including 19 observers) across the five continents.

IOF’s community : 890 million people

The International Organisation of La Francophonie’s 75 member states and governments represent over one-third of the United Nation’s member states.

The French-speaking zone accounts for 19% of world trade in goods With 18.9% of world exports and 19% of world imports, French-speaking countries account for 19% of world trade in goods

French is the 2nd most widely spoken mother tongue in the European Union

French is the second most widely spoken mother tongue (16%) after German (23%) and ahead of English (15.9%) in the European Union

French is the 2nd most widely spoken foreign language in the European Union

French is the 2nd most widely spoken foreign language (19%) after English (41%) and ahead of German (10%) and Spanish (7%) in the European Union.

Francophone Month