Learn French in France: French Language Course in Paris and on the French Riviera (Cote d'Azur)
quick navigation:
France and the French language

• Reasons to study French

French is the eleventh most widely-spoken language in the world
French is the official language of 33 countries in the world
French is spoken in two of the G7 countries
French is the mother tongue of 80 million people, and 250 million people
around the world understand, speak, read or write French
French-speaking Africa represents an area larger than the USA
French is the most widely taught second language after English
Over 20,000 English words have their origins in French
Students and researchers who know French have access to these works
for several years before they are translated into English. Many significant
works are never translated and remain accessible only to those who know
the language
France is one of the world's major foreign tourist destinations (60 million
a year)
France is Europe's foremost investor abroad
France is in fourth position in terms of world power and it does not have
the debt problems facing many other major industrialised nations (a
positive sign for joint projects, business and scientific co-operation)
France has the fourth largest economy in the world after the US,
Japan and Germany
France is the fourth largest producer of automobiles in the world
(Renault, Peugeot, Citroën) and the third largest exporter
France is the second largest exporter of agricultural products in
theworld after the U.S.
France is the fourth largest exporting nation of the world


Those with the appropriate skills will find job opportunities in the following fields:
international business the diplomatic service
international agencies as a teacher
French research institutes as a translator or interpreter
the tourism and hospitality industries  

French, along with English, is the official working language of:
the United Nations the International Olympic Committee
UNESCO the 31-member Council of Europe
NATO the European Community
the International Labor Bureau the International Red Cross
the Universal Postal Union Union of International Associations (UIA)
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

French is the dominant working language at:
the European Court of Justice the European Tribunal of First Instance
the European Court of Auditors in Luxembourg
the Press Room at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium

• France: facts and figures

With a surface area of approximately 550,000 sq km, France is Europe's largest country
The French population in 1999 was of just over 60 million people, with Paris, the capital, having over 2 million inhabitants. The verage population increase is of 350,000 per year equivalent to 0.6%
The French mainland itself is divided into 22 administrative regions, 95 departments and over 36,000 cities
The shape of France is often described as hexagonal - with the distance north-south very similar to that of east-west (± 950 km). Infact, no location in France is further than 500 km from the sea


Much of the country is coastal (2,700km of coastline) with the remaining 2,900km sharing common borders with 5 different countries
France's four largest rivers are the Seine (776 km), the Loire (1,012 km), the Garonne (580 km) and the Rhône (522 km of a total of 812 km).
France also has 4 non-metropolitan departments (Guadeloupe, Guyane, Martinique and Reunion), 3 territories (Nouvelle Calédonie, Wallis et Futuna, la Polynésie Française) and 2 territorial collectivities (Mayotte, St Pierre et Miquelon).
Mountain regions consist of the sharp peaks of the Alps (a region covering 500 sq km), Pyrenees and the Jura, and the contrasting Massif Central and the Vosges.
• Paris teens camp
• Antibes teens camp
• Biarritz teens camp
• Cannes teens camp
• Hyères/Toulon teens camp
• Nice language school
• Provence kids camp
• long programs
• exam preparation
• semester & trimester courses
• learn French half in Antibes & half in Paris
• family learning courses in Antibes
teachers of French
as a foreign language training programs