French

Why learn French?

The sixth most widely spoken language in the world, French has around 285 million speakers, including 77 million native speakers. French is spoken as a first language by around 40 percent of Belgians, 22 percent of Swiss and 22 percent of Canadians and is an official language in 29 countries, second only to English.

Abundant culture

France is one of the leading countries in the world in both literature and cinema. Writers from France have been awarded more Nobel Literature Prizes than any other country while the Cannes Film Festival is one of the world’s most prestigious.

 

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A leading economy

France had the seventh largest economy in the world last year [IMF by nominal GDP – same as used by enterprise Ireland] and remains an industrial powerhouse with leading car and plane-building industries.

Market ally

A traditional ally, France is one of Ireland’s top five markets for both goods and services, according to Enterprise Ireland.

 

A beautiful language

French is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful languages in the world, and it is relatively easy for English speakers to learn.

A language of opportunities

French is one of the main languages of global bodies like the United Nations and World Trade Organisation and it is the main working language of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

There is forecast to be 700 million French speakers by 2050, 80 percent of them in Africa, according to the Organisation

 

 

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Only 6.5%
of the world’s population are native English speakers