Could French Become Most Widely Spoken Language in the Future?


English may be the world's lingua franca today, but new data suggests that French may be the language of the future. The latest projection by the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie indicates that French will be spoken by 750 million people by 2050. French remains an official language in many international institutions, from the United Nations to the European Union, and the language is expanding in the fastest-growing areas of the world, particularly sub-Saharan Africa. A study by investment bank Natixis even suggests that by 2050 French could be the most-spoken language in the world, ahead of English and even Mandarin. Although English will almost certainly remain one of the top influential languages, the point of the Natixis study is to emphasize that French is still very much a fast-growing, global language. The language will be present on all continents, and particularly predominant in a continent that, by 2050, should be a fast-growing economic powerhouse – Africa. So, if you were to pick a language of the future, you could do a lot worse than French!

From "Want to Know the Language of the Future? The Data Suggests It Could Be...French
Forbes (NY) (03/21/14) Gobry, Pascal-Emmanuel
Reported in the ATA NewsBriefs, May 2014