French, as a language, has been adorned with a variety of titles since more than a century. Before becoming commercially inclined, French was popularly known as the Romance language of the world.
As of 2016, French stands as the 3rd global business language, after English & Mandarin Chinese (Bloomberg), 2nd working language of most international organizations & media, including the UN Assembly; also 2nd most learned language in the world. According to Forbes & an Natixis (investment bank), French is projected to be the most spoken language of the world by the year 2050, even ahead of English and Mandarin.
- 3rd Most useful language for business
- 2nd Most functional language of international organizations
- 2nd Most learned language in the world
- Could be ahead of English and Mandarin by the year 2050
Apart from the 33 Francophonic countries, French is widely taught in universities and educational institutions around the world. India too isn’t an exception to this fact, because there exists a stiff competition between German and French as second language in most school boards of India. The top French language teaching school ‘Alliance Française has over 17 main branches in the Indian subcontinent. Due to colonialism, there are possibly more French speakers around the world, than in France itself.
It only implies that French language, over the years, has crossed many borders and unified people for the purpose of trade, commerce, art, literature, cultural - exchange, etc. Not just that, as per the current statistics, it would be safe to say that the fervour for this language won’t die out anytime soon.