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Why study French?

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  • French is the 2nd language on the internet
  • French is the 2nd most frequently taught foreign language in the world
  • French, along with English, is the official working language of the United Nations, UNESCO, NATO, The International Red Cross
  • The French are a world leader in medical research : the AIDS virus was first isolated by French Doctors
  • France is the world’s largest manufacturer of television sets. HDTV was invented in France.
  • The fastest train in the world (TGV) is French
  • France is the first exporter of perfumes, wines and cheese in the world BUT it is second exporter of agricultural goods, automobiles and services in the world.
  • In 2000, the US exported more to countries having French as a national language than to countries having any other foreign language
  • French is the language spoken in Canada, our 1st trading partner.

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Did you know that French is the official language in these countries?

  • Algeria; Gabon
  • Belgium; Guadeloupe
  • Benin; Guinea
  • Burkina Faso; Haiti
  • Burundi; Ivory Coast
  • Canada; Louisiane
  • Cameroon; Luxembourg
  • Central African Republic; Madagascar
  • Chad; Mali
  • Comoros; Martinique
  • Congo; Mauritius
  • Djibouti; Mayotte
  • France; Monaco
  • French Guyana; Morocco
  • French Polynesia; New Caledonia