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The French Wikipedia (French: Wikipédia francophone, Wikipédia en français) is the French-language edition of the free online encyclopediaWikipedia. This edition was started in March 2001, and has about 1,487,000 articles as of March 2014, making it the fifth-largest Wikipedia overall, after the English-language, Dutch-language, German-language and Swedish-language editions. It was also the third edition, after the English Wikipedia and German Wikipedia, to exceed 1 million encyclopedia articles: it did this on 23 September 2010. In 2008, the French encyclopaedia, Quid, canceled its 2008 edition, citing falling sales on competition from the encyclopedia.
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, according 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 with 700 million page views.