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The French Language Observatory now lists more than 321 million French speakers in the world. This makes French the 5th most spoken language.
Beyond its popularity, speaking French also means being able to access a world-renowned art of living: bread, champagne and love!
It is perhaps its reputation that makes French such a popular language for learners because as a foreign language, it is the 2nd most learned language in the world with more than 50 million learners in 2022.
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Gastronomy: history and regional specialities
Let's not beat around the bush, French gastronomy is an undeniable identifying factor of France. In fact since 2010 the French-style gastronomic meal and its rituals are listed as intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.
French gastronomy is one of the most famous in the world and is an essential part of France's history.
Gratin dauphinois, an iconic dish still served in French homes and restaurants today typically illustrates the impact of the history of France on gastronomy. On the 12th July 1788, the municipal officers of the town Gap tried an up until then unknown dish from General Lieutenant of Dauphiné: potatoes à la dauphinoise. The dish was named thus and has been enjoyed ever since.
There's also a story behind Cassoulet dating back hundreds of years. Legend has it that the nutritional values of Cassoulet have made it famous since the dish was invented during a siege in the Hundred Year war against the English. The besieged French, entrenched and exhausted were able to get back to battle and beat the invaders after eating cassoulet.
Frog legs: we couldn't not mention the gastronomy classic that is responsible for our nickname 'froggies' given to us by our neighbours across the Channel. Served with butter, garlic and parsley, frog legs have been a delicacy enjoyed by the French upper classes since the 19th century. It's a dish that is so very French it deserves the best culinary anecdote.
Blanquette de veau
Blanquette de veau: you can spot it from its famous (and tasty) white sauce. This dish is made from veal breast or shoulder and is cooked with carrots, celery and onions to make a broth. A comforting and tasty dish enjoyed in many French homes.
Croque-monsieur: this Parisian star first appeared in 1910 in a Parisian brasserie. It is made from white sliced bread, ham and emmental cheese. These simple but tasty ingredients make the croque-monsieur a quick and cheap snack.
Bouillabaisse: this dish alone evokes the aridity of the South of France, born in the heart of Marseille and its rocky inlets. It originated in the 7th century at the time when the Phocaean city was founded and in Occitan Provençal means 'abaisser l’ébullition' or 'turn down the heat'. Bouillabaisse is a fish soup served with garlic croutons, rouille sauce and potatoes.
With so many examples it is obvious that French gastronomy is heavily influenced by its regional diversity: each region showcases its own traditional cuisine.
French gastronomy: a rich and varied cuisine
Dishes are prepared with local and seasonal ingredients: snails, foie gras (goose liver), moules marinières (mussels), ratatouille, coq au vin, bouillabaisse, tarte Tatin, crème brûlée and of course our famous pastries and cakes.
Regional specialities can also be found in our wines with a large range of winemaking regions that produce red wine, white wine, rosé wine and sparkling wine. The most famous include Bordeaux, Bourgogne (Burgundy), Champagne and Côtes du Rhône.
Last but not least, let's not forget that French gastronomy is world renowned for its fine dining. This includes presentation, cooking utensils, tableware and drinks. All of this is an integral part of French cooking culture and is appreciated all around the world.
France offers a diversity and richness of landscapes throughout the country from the vineyards, to the mountains, the ocean and lakes.
Travel through the magnificent regions and discover France:
Explore the Alpes and its magnificent landscapes: snowcapped mountains, crystal lakes, thick forests and picturesque villages.
Stroll along the côte d'Azur : famous for its sandy beaches, turquoise sea and fishing villages, this costal region in the south-east of France will win your heart.
Discover the lavender fields in French Provence and the olive groves, villages perched up high and provencal cuisine.
Famous for it's white cliffs, sandy beaches, fishing ports and the world renowned Mont Saint Michel : This part of Normandy is a focal point in the French landscape and one you won't want to miss.
Discover France through its history most notablyits châteaux: numerous trips can take you on a journey through history but none more so than the châteaux of the Loire: situated in the centre of France, this region is famous for its Renaissance châteaux, splendid gardens and picturesque villages.
Close to 93 million students study in French around the world, a figure which continues to rise confirming that French hasn't lost its appeal!
Naturally countries where French is the official language represent the majority of these learners worldwide. Among them, the largest share by far of those learning French is in Africa. The same is true for certain countries where French isn't the official language such as in the Maghreb for example.
Speaking French is an undeniable advantage for ambitious students and knowing the language of Molière can open the door to prestigious universities like the Sorbonne or the University Pierre and Marie Curie as well as business schools (HEC, Polytechnique, ESSEC) which are ranked among the best in Europe and worldwide.
Mastering the language can also, under certain conditions, enable you to benefit from a French government scholarship to follow higher education studies in France. Choose from all available subjects and obtain an internationally recognised diploma!