Could French Achieve a Linguistic Comeback?
Mon dieu, French will overtake Mandarin, English, Spanish, Hindi and Arabic as the world’s most spoken language in 40 years’ time, according to a report. Investment bank Natixis attributes the rise to to the fact that populations in France’s former colonies, mostly in Africa, are growing faster than in English or Mandarin-speaking regions. But though the population of former French colonies is increasing, many citizens speak other languages in addition to, or instead of, French. Besides, overcoming the cultural and economic hegemony of English will be très difficile.