French as Lingua Franca: An Asset or Liability in the Development of Nations?
24 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2005
Date Written: March 21, 2005
This paper examines the hypothesis: Nations where French is the dominant second language, lag significantly behind in social, economic, and particularly in technological development. The countries examined are located on different continents Asia, Africa (North and sub-Sahara), Europe, and in the Americas.
Keywords: Lingua franca, francophone, Francophile, Francophonie, development, economic development, social development, human development, French, French colonies and protectorates, culture, society, France
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