French is spoken by over 300 million people in over 50 countries and on every continent in the world making French as well as English the world's only truly global languages. A recent French investment bank Natixis study, proposed French could be the most-spoken language in the world in 40 years. French would surpass English and Mandarin in the most number of speakers. This study projected that French speakers would more than double to 750 million by 2050. The increase, primarily based on the growth of French speakers in sub-Saharan Africa, which is most rapidly growing area in the world.
Other than France, French is also spoken in the Canadian provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick, in parts of the U.S. state of Louisiana, and in the countries such as Haiti, Belgium, Switzerland, and Luxembourg. Outside of France, Canada has the highest population of francophones. In Africa, French is spoken in Gabon, Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, Congo, Mali and Algeria. French is spoken in Mauritius, Tahiti and Vanuatu and many other countries.
In Australia, according the 2011 Census, there were 110,399 people of French decedent living in Australia and the number of French-born residents in Australia at the census-time was 24,675. Since the last census in 2006, this represented an increase of 28percent. New South Wales accounts for the largest French-born community of residents