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Decline of French Language Could Cost Half a Million Jobs

A decline in the number of people worldwide who speak French could cost France 120,000 jobs by 2020 and half a million by 2050, due to missed economic opportunities, a report commissioned by President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday. “Unless there is a major effort, we could witness a retreat [for French speaking],” the report's author, veteran economist Jacques Attali, said in a foreword. “This decline could lead to a loss of market share for French companies, a collapse in...

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