Francophones increasing in sub-Saharan Africa

Paris- France (PANA) -- The number of French-speaking people has increased considerably in sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean states, a Higher Francophonie Council report has said here.
"French-language teaching is advancing on the African continent and in the Middle East but is stagnant in other world regions," said the report, issued this year to coincide with the International Francophonie Day celebrated on Sunday.
"An estimated number of learners of and in French at school and university levels revealed there were 18,018,000 people in North Africa and the Middle East, 33,398,000 in sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean.
It is in sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean where the rate is higher -- by 38 percent," the report added.
The Higher Council said three French films were produced in Cameroon, 10 in Congo, five in Guinea, three in Mali, ten in Madagascar, one in Niger and five in Senegal.
The French-speaking regions have 175 million people, or ten percent of the population in 63 countries.

21 march 2005 09:46:00




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