Francophone Africa

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There is some debate about the appropriate scope of Francophone Africa. See and


The suggested definition, posed for discussion, is a relatively narrow one:

Francophone Africa is the supraregion consisting of those countries in Africa where French is both a widely-spoken language and an official language, where the country was a former colony of France or Belgium, and where the educational infrastructure is or until recently was organised along "French" lines.

This leads to the following list:

  1. Benin
  2. Burkina Faso
  3. Burundi
  4. Cameroon
  5. Central African Republic
  6. Chad
  7. Comoros
  8. Côte d'Ivoire
  9. Djibouti
  10. Equatorial Guinea
  11. Gabon
  12. Guinea
  13. Madagascar
  14. Mali
  15. Niger
  16. Republic of the Congo
  17. Senegal
  18. Seychelles
  19. Togo

Many such lists would include Rwanda - but French and the French approach to organisation is now much less relevant to Rwanda in the light of its recent history.

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