In the CAR, French is the language of writing and formal situations. In 2005 it was estimated that 22.5% of the population could speak French.
Sangho has about 350,000 native speakers. It has become the lingua franca of the country. It became a national language in 1963 and an official language (alongside French) in 1991. It is estimated that 92% of the CAR's population is able to speak Sangho. The language has become the mother tongue of almost all children in Bangui.