French is now the fifth most spoken world language and growing—thanks to Africans

A man from Sudan and young woman from Somalia (L) attend a lesson to learn French given by humanitarian association France Terre d'Asile in Angers, western France, November 9, 2011. Asylum seekers from Sudan, Somalia or Eritrea, and eastern Europe, are demanding the right to remain in France. The city of Angers asked for a better dispatching due to a large amount of asylum seekers.  REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POLITICS) - PM1E7B9185601

300 million people across 5 continents speak French. Image: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Lynsey Chutel
Correspondant, Quartz
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