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Language > French status: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Status of French language in selected countries. Additional information for Mauritius provided by the Ministry of Tourism website of the Republic of Mauritius.
COUNTRY DESCRIPTION
Algeria 20% of the population can read and write French, and more can speak it. Bible 1530-1986.
Andorra National language. Bible 1530-1986.
Belgium The eastern subdialect of Walloon is considered to be more difficult to understand within Belgium. The following municipalities have minority rights for Dutch-speaking persons: Comines-Warneton, Mouscron, Enghien, Floubecques; and for German-speaking persons: Malm�dy, Weismes, Welkenraedt. Official language. Bible 1530-1986.
Benin Official language. Bible 1530-1986.
Burkina Faso Official language. Bible 1530-1986.
Burundi Official language. Bible 1530-1986.
Cameroon Official language. Bible 1530-1986.
Canada Difficult intelligibility between speakers of Qu�b�cois and Acadian for speakers not fluent in Standard French. National language. Bible 1530-1986.
Central African Republic Official language. Bible 1530-1986.
Chad Official language. Bible 1530-1986.
Democratic Republic of the Congo Sole language of formal education. Official language. Bible 1530-1986.
Djibouti Official language. Bible 1530-1986.
French Guiana National language. Bible 1530-1986.
French Polynesia National language. Bible 1530-1986.
Gabon The only language of formal education. Official language. Bible 1530-1986.
Guadeloupe There is a variety on the northwest end of St. Barth�lemy, west of but not including Gustavia, similar to Cajun French of the USA, which may or may not be a French dialect (Julianne Maher 1997). National language. Bible 1530-1986.
Guinea Official language. Bible 1530-1986.
Haiti National language. Bible 1530-1986.
Italy Official language. Bible 1530-1986.
Lebanon An estimated 20% of the population speak French in their daily lives, and up to 65% of the population can read and converse in French. A number of government and private universities teach in French. Official language. The language of instruction in most schools. Newspapers, magazines. Bible 1530-1986.
Luxembourg Used mainly by intellectuals, professionals, authorities. Taught in school as a third language. Used for streets, shops, travel tickets, hotel registries, menus. National language. Bible 1530-1986.
Madagascar Official language. Bible 1530-1986.
Mali Official language for instruction in schools. Official language. Bible 1530-1986.
Martinique National language. Bible 1530-1986.
Mauritius One of two official languages (the other being English). Used widely and considered more popular than English. The elderly tend to use creole. Newspapers, radio programs, TV. Bible 1530-1986.French Creole(A French patois ,French derived) used as well.
Mayotte Official language. Bible 1530-1986.
Monaco National language. Bible 1530-1986.
New Caledonia National language. Bible 1530-1986.
Niger Official language. Bible 1530-1986.
Reunion Official language. Bible 1530-1986.
Rwanda Official language. Bible 1530-1986.
Saint Pierre and Miquelon National language. Bible 1530-1986.
Senegal Official language. Bible 1530-1986.
Seychelles Spoken by the French settler families, 'grands blancs.' Official language. Bible 1530-1986.
Switzerland 33% of the population of Switzerland speak French every day (1990 census). Official language. Used for education in French-speaking areas. Bible 1530-1986.
Togo Official language. Bible 1530-1986.
Tunisia Bible 1530-1986.
United Kingdom French is only spoken by about 11% of the population of Channel Islands, mainly older people. Official language. Bible 1530-1986.
Vanuatu National language. Bible 1530-1986.
Wallis and Futuna National language. Bible 1530-1986.

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