forum. On November 28, 2017, during Emmanuel Macron’s trip to Burkina Faso, he expressed his ambition to make French the first language in Africa. In order to persuade the audience at Ouagadougou University, that day, he put forward some arguments that often show that Africa and Africans are full stakeholders and beneficiaries of this language cause: “Our French is an opportunity. It is not just a protected heritage. It has a future, and this future is realized in Africa. Its influence and appeal no longer belong to France.”. Therefore, he invited French-speaking and Franks from Africa to participate in this adventure.
According to a 2015 report by the International Organization of French-speaking Countries (OIF), there are an estimated 284 million people in 31 countries/regions, and French-speaking Africa alone accounts for more than half of French-speaking countries.For the President of the French Republic “French is no longer the only French. She is African, even more French.”
The resolution passed by the French National Assembly on November 26, 2020 may be the same. The bill defended by Vice President Remy Ribeirot (LRM) aims to promote “Accent France, fight against discrimination based on stress”. If the particularity of French is an indisputable fact in spoken language, it is another matter in written language, especially among dictionary publishers.
Of course, the illustrations of Petit Larousse and Le Petit Robert every year are enriched with new words and expressions. However, if you look closely, you will find that the distribution and quality of comprehensive words originating from French-speaking Africa is a bit strange.
Approximately 150 new words or new terms enter the illustrations of Le Petit Robert and Le Petit Larousse each year, reflecting the vitality of French on the one hand, and the diversity of French-speaking countries on the other. These linguistic excuses prove the development and spread of French. French should be remembered. It is the fifth most spoken language in the world.
In order to integrate new words into these dictionaries, certain conditions must be met. Among other conditions, these new vocabulary units must be widely used in oral and written forms, which guarantees a more or less existence of the language. This means that popular new words are not considered.
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