700 million French speakers in Africa by 2050

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The French language is spoken more in Africa than any other country, There are currently 115 million French speakers in Africa today and it has been Projected that the French Speaking Africans will increase to 700 million by the year 2050

The French language has spread to many continents over the centuries.  Many French colonies are located in India, North America, the Middle East and Africa.  

The French language is spoken more in Africa than any other country, There are currently 115 million French speakers in Africa today and it has been Projected that the French Speaking Africans will increase to 700 million by the year 2050 which is quite impressive compared to France’s population of 65,820,916 million at the end of 2013. 

Due to the increase in the Population in Kinshasa located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), it will become the second largest French speaking city in the world after Paris, In Kinshasa there are 8 million French speakers. Even though Lingala is spoken in the DRC, French remains the official language in the DRC and 40% of the population speak French as a second language. 

There are different versions of the French language throughout the African countries, in some areas we hear more traditional French and in other areas a combination of French and Lingala.  

Another French speaking country in Africa is Cote d’Ivoire; the French language is largely spoken and is also referred to as the official language.  

What truly is interesting is that over the years with globalisation the English language, and now the Chinese language, have taken over and caused some languages to become endangered, however Africa may be the key to preserving the French language throughout globalisation and could potentially shift the future global languages as the African countries continue to develop politically and economically.

Sources and Further Reading :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_French
http://languagemagazine.com/?page_id=1536
http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy-1/promoting-francophony/the-status-of-french-in-the-world/
http://www.africatopsuccess.com/en/2014/07/16/french-speaking-africa-budget-for-education-increasing-in-2015/