Not to be confused with la Francophonie.
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The adjective francophone means "French-speaking", typically as primary language, whether referring to individuals, groups, or places. The word is also often used as a noun to describe a natively French-speaking person.
1 Linguistic nuance,
2 Francophone nations,
3 Map of the francosphere,
4 See also,
5 Notes and references,
In a narrower sense, the notion of "francophone" reaches beyond the dictionary definition of "French language speaker". The term specifically refers to people whose cultural background is primarily associated with French language, regardless of ethnic and geographical differences. The francophone culture beyond Europe is the legacy of the French and Belgian colonial empires. This is sometimes referred to as the francosphere.
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In North and South America
Saint Pierre and Miquelon,
French West Indies,
Central African Republic,
Democratic Republic of the Congo,
São Tomé and Príncipe,
In the Pacific
Map of the francosphere:
French is an official language
French is a second language (cultural language or administrative language)
French is a minority language
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