While French is synonymous with France, the language is spoken in multiple parts of the world, ranging from Canada to Belgium to 29 African countries. In fact, its global spread is second only to English. Roughly 300 million people speak the language – on all 5 continents – and they tend to be very particular and precise about it! French’s vocabulary, accents, and colloquialisms vary greatly by region, so much so that Canadian French (Québécois), is a distinct dubbing language.
In terms of market power and economy, France alone has the 7th largest economy in the world. French-speaking Canadians account for 30% of that country’s population, and French is the fastest growing language in all of Africa. Given this community’s size, diversity, and economically vibrancy, French is an essential localization language for corporations, brands, and content creators.