Africans are making French a truly global language.

French has moved up a place to become the world’s fifth most spoken language, thanks largely to the millions of Africans who speak it each day. There are now 300 million people on five continents who speak French, according to a recent by the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. French is ranked behind Chinese, English, Spanish and Arabic.

French remains  the sole official language in 11 African countries, and the second official language in 10. In the global economy, language is yet another form of power, and the relationship between France and its former African colonies already shows that even with the numbers, Africa remains weaker.