What is the Francophonie?
The Francophonie encompasses all people and institutions that use French as a mother tongue, spoken language or language of instruction. The Francophonie can refer both to the whole of French-speaking countries, or to all member countries or regions part of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. Some of these regions are not necessarily those where French is most frequently used or officially recognized.
French is the sixth most common language spoken in the world, with more than 220 million speakers.
In addition to this, French is the second most commonly learned language in the world, with 120 million students learning the language.
These figures do not take into account several million adults and children in various Francophile and Francophone alliances, associations and clubs.