In an hour-long speech at the Academie Francaise to mark International Francophonie Day, France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, unveiled his strategy to promote French around the world.
Macron hailed French as a “language of freedom” as he set out plans to increase French teaching and double the number of students in French schools abroad. French, he said, had "liberated itself from France" to become a "world language".
Macron said this was “a new moment in history” to push French to new heights worldwide. He said: “France is the fourth language on the internet, it’s the third language on Amazon”, but that wasn’t enough and French universities must put more resources online and more online courses to push French into a more key position on the internet.