The Unstoppable Rise of English

Just over half of Africa's 52 countries speak French, but the number is dropping.

Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 10/22/2008 12:00 am EDT

Just over half of Africa's 52 countries speak French, but the number is dropping. This month, Rwanda defected, announcing that henceforward only English will be taught in the schools. It would not be overstating the case to say that this caused alarm and despondency in France.

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