Native French speakers comprise little more than 1 per cent of the world’s population, leaving it 18th in the global league table beside Korean and the Indian language Marathi.
But President Macron, well known for his ceaseless political ambition, has turned his attention to making French the first language of Africa and even the most spoken tongue in the world.
As it happens a cousin is a translator at The Hague. French being one of his languages. And he will wax lyrical about exactly why this will not happen. Academie Francaise. For the French spoken not in France is, as with Singlish and all the rest, diverging from that on the Mainland. To the point that trials are translated by people who have proven competence in, say, Congolese French, or CAF etc, rather than “French.”
His point being that the AF is trying to nail the language to one version, something that just doesn’t happen with dispersed languages.