French Wikipedia

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Web address fr.wikipedia.org
Commercial? No
Type of site
Internet encyclopedia project
Registration Optional
Available in French
Owner Wikimedia Foundation
Launched 23 March 2001

The French Wikipedia (French: Wikipédia francophone, Wikipédia en français) is the French-language edition of the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia. This edition was started in March 2001, and has about 1,572,000 articles as of December 2014, making it the fifth-largest Wikipedia overall, after the English-, Dutch-, German- and Swedish-language editions. It has the third-largest number of edits. It was also the third edition, after the English Wikipedia and German Wikipedia, to exceed 1 million encyclopedia articles: this occurred on 23 September 2010.[1] In 2008, the French encyclopaedia, Quid, canceled its 2008 edition, citing falling sales on competition from the French edition of Wikipedia.[2]

As of June 2014, Wikipedia has an Alexa ranking of 6 and 5.06% of those visits are to the French-language edition.[3] As of December 2014, there are 2,045,000 users, 173 admins and 45,623 files on the French Wikipedia.[4]

On December 2, 2014, the Wikipedia encyclopedia in French language becomes the 3rd[5] linguistic edition by the number of registered users since its creation, overtaking on this day for the first time the German edition, with 2,022,504 registered users,[6][7] after the editions in English (23,300,456)[8] and Spanish (3,401,493)[9] language.

According to a 2013 study by the Oxford Internet Institute, Ségolène Royal (FR) and unidentified flying object (objet volant non identifié) were the most controversial articles on the French Wikipedia.[10]

The countries in which the French Wikipedia is the most popular language version of Wikipedia are shown in blue.[11]
Origin of edits (2014/01 - 2014/03) Source
France
  
71.7%
Canada
  
6.4%
Belgium
  
6.1%
Unknown
  
3.9%
Algeria
  
1.6%
Switzerland
  
1.5%
United Kingdom
  
1.1%
Spain
  
0.8%
United States
  
0.7%
Morocco
  
0.7%
Tunisia
  
0.6%
Germany
  
0.6%
Other
  
4.3%

Statistics[edit]

The audience measurement company Médiamétrie questioned a sample of 8,500 users residing in France with access to Internet at home or at their place of work. Médiamétrie found that in June 2007, French Wikipedia had: 7,910,000 unique visitors that visited the site at least once during the month of June 2007 (compared to 4,355,000 unique visitors in June 2006); 2.7 visits per visitor during the period (2.0 visits in June 2006); had held the 12th position in the Top 30 most visited sites in France, excluding Internet applications, accorading the criterion of the number of unique visitors (21st in June 2006) and 12th position in the Top 30 most visited sites in France, including Internet applications, like eMule or Real Networks (22nd position in June 2006).

By August 2011, French Wikipedia was the 7th most visited site in France, with nearly 16 million unique visitors a month (according to Médiamétrie). In April 2012, it had 20 million unique visitors per month, or 2.4 million per day[12] with over 700 million page views.[13]

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