Globalization has made international communication skills a necessity. Speaking French can open opportunities for your education and career because French is a key language in today's global economy.
French was the most important language for international relations from the 1600's until being overtaken by English after World War II, when the United States became the dominant global power.
France is the largest country in Western Europe and the fifth largest economy in the world. It is the wealthiest nation in Europe and the fourth-wealthiest in the world.
French is an official language of the European Union, NATO, all United Nations agencies and 29 countries. There are 77 million native French speakers in Europe and 115 million people in Africa speak French as a first or second language.