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Not to be confused with la Francophonie.

The adjective francophone means "French-speaking", as primary language, whether referring to individuals, groups, or places. The word is also often used as a noun to describe a natively French-speaking person.[1][2]

Linguistic nuance[edit]

In a narrower sense, the notion of "francophone" reaches beyond the dictionary definition of "French language speaker". The term specifically refers to people whose cultural background is primarily associated with French language, regardless of ethnic and geographical differences. The francophone culture beyond Europe is the legacy of the French and Belgian colonial empires.

Francophone nations and territories[edit]

Map of the francosphere[edit]

  French is the main language
  French is an official language
  French is a second language (cultural language[clarification needed] or administrative language)
  French is a minority language

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Francophone", Merriam-Webster 
  2. ^ "Francophone", Encarta, MSN, archived from the original on 2009-10-31 
  3. ^ Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Permanent Mission of Romania to the UN