Francophone Countries

General Information

Francophone Countries is a rich site which provides a thorough compilation of material found on the internet that can serve as an excellent source of information for researchers, educators, students, or travelers of French-speaking countries.  It can be helpful resource for projects, presentations, webquests, or lesson plans.  The Webquest and Project Booklet are designed for middle school students; however, the links can be useful anyone interested in Francophone Countries.  Revised August 2014

Spoken French

French is spoken on every continent in the world.  The various countries where French is spoken as an official language, a shared primary language or a second language is called a Francophone Country. 

http://www.kameleo.com/french/JEU-Ch0-MondeFranco.html

Just as the USA is divided into 51 States, the country of France, located in Europe, is administratively divided into 18 Regions.  13 Regions are located in Europe and 5 are overseas.  France also has overseas territories or collectivities.

http://us.franceguide.com/destinations/home.html?NodeID=141

DOM -These are the 5 overseas Regions of France (Departement d'outre mer)*.  The people are French citizens and have representation in the French National Assembly and Senate.

  • Guadeloupe* - North  America
  • Martinique* - North America
  • French Guyana* - South America
  • Reunion* - Africa
  • Mayotte* - Africa

TOM -These are the Overseas Territories/Collectivies of France (Territoires D'outre Mer)**.   The people have representation in the French National Assembly and Senate.

  • St. Pierre & Miquelon** - North America
  • St. Barthelemy** - North America
  • St. Martin** - North America
  • French Polynesia** - Australia/Oceania
  • New Caledonia** - Australia/Oceania
  • Wallis & Futuna**- Australia/Oceania

Beside metropolitan France and its DOM/TOM, there are 28 countries where French is the official language

  • Belgium - Europe
  • Benin - Africa
  • Burkina Faso - Africa
  • Burundi - Africa
  • Cameroon - Africa
  • Canada - North America
  • Central African Republic - Africa
  • Chad - Africa
  • Comoros - Africa
  • Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo) - Africa
  • Congo (Republic of the Congo) - Africa
  • Djibouti - Africa
  • Equatorial Guinea - Africa
  • Guinea - Africa
  • Gabon - Africa
  • Haiti - North America
  • Ivory Coast - Africa
  • Luxembourg - Europe
  • Madagascar - Africa
  • Mali - Africa
  • Monaco - Europe
  • Niger - Africa
  • Rwanda - Africa
  • Senegal - Africa
  • Seychelles - Africa
  • Switzerland - Europe
  • Togo - Africa
  • Vanuatu - Australia/Oceania

7 Countries where French is commonly used, but is not the official language:

  • Andorra - Europe
  • Algeria - Africa
  • Lebanon - Asia
  • Morocco - Africa
  • Mauritania - Africa
  • Mauritius - Africa
  • Tunisia - Africa

Some other countries where French is a secondary language:

  • Vietnam - Asia
  • Laos - Asia
  • Cambodia - Asia
  • Dominica - North America
  • St. Lucie - North America

 

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