French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to make French the most spoken language in the world during his latest speech.
Macron is currently on a tour of West African nations. Speaking to students at a lecture in Burkina Faso, he attempted to strengthen ties with former French colonies and revealed his aims. He said："French will be the first language of Africa…perhaps of the world."
French is currently the fifth most spoken language, falling behind Mandarin, English, Spanish and Arabic. An estimated 75million people speak the language of France as their first language with an additional 153million having it as their second language.
Macron added that French has a future in the region and should not be seen as a "relic of a colonial power". He stated："It is not just a heritage to be protected. It has a future and this future is playing out in Africa."
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