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Will French be the most spoken language in 2050?

French could become the most spoken language in the world by 2050!

According to a Daily Mail article published on December 19, the French language could be the next world first language. Good news for Elfe, school of reference in the field of French language and founding member of the Collège de Paris.

This was revealed by a study published by Natixis (the distribution of languages ​​in the world in 2010 and 2050), and that the increase of the population of sub-Saharan Africa could well tip the balance towards French, the common language of this part of the world.

While the trend is currently learning Mandarin, English, Spanish or Arabic, it would be more promising for the future to learn French in order to prepare international careers.

Thus the language could be spoken by 750 million people in 2050, against 220 million “only” in 2010; and for good reason, it was announced that the sub-Saharan population would increase from 800,000,000 to 4,500,000,000 in 2100 according to INED, the National Institute for Demographic Studies… impressive figures!

These results are however to relativize since the study “counts as speaking all the inhabitants of the countries whose official language is French, which is probably not the case,” according to Forbes.

Still, the future growth will indeed be spectacular: today the 12th most spoken language in the world, French will certainly end up in the top 3 by 2050… This promises a bright future for the French school of the Collège de Paris: Elfe, which is already present in Africa through an office in Cameroon and an office in Egypt.
Published by Collège de Paris
On 31 December 2015