What is the future of the French language

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Member states of the Frankofonie criticized the "catastrophic" situation of the use of French in the EU institutions, which contributes to the weakening of this Romance language.

It is also reflected in school teaching: between 2007 and 2010, the number of French learners in Europe fell by 7%. In other parts of the world, however, the number of French learners increased by 13% combined, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa (31.5%).

Knowledge of French at conversation level in the EU countries (2008)

In the EU institutions, only 12% of the texts are written in French, as most of the officials come from countries that are not members of Frankofonie. There are fears that English will become the only language of negotiation, which could have far-reaching implications for the future of French around the world, particularly in its role as a second language. French suffered a major blow back in 2008 when French was replaced by English in schools in Rwanda.

Source: Euractiv: L'avenir du français «se joue? Bruxelles »
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