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The adjective francophone (alternately Francophone) means French-speaking, typically as primary language, whether referring to individuals, groups, or places. Often, the word is used as a noun to describe a natively French-speaking person.

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 colonial empire and the Belgian colonial empire (Congo, Burundimarker and Rwandamarker).

Mainly or partially francophone countries include Francemarker, Belgiummarker (Walloniamarker is almost entirely francophone, and there is a large French-speaking community in the Brussels-Capital Regionmarker and a few bordering municipalities), Canadamarker (the province of Quebecmarker is mostly francophone, and there are large French-speaking communities in Ontariomarker, New Brunswickmarker and other Canadian provinces), Switzerlandmarker, Haitimarker, Lebanonmarker and the French West Indies, several countries in Africa that are former French or Belgian colonies, and Tahitimarker in the South Pacific. These countries are members of the Francophonie organization.

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References

  1. va=Francophone - Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
  2. Member states of the Francophonie organization



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