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Q: english speakers in france ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: english speakers in france
Category: Relationships and Society > Cultures
Asked by: ashpash-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 29 Dec 2005 12:59 PST
Expires: 28 Jan 2006 12:59 PST
Question ID: 611012
I need to find statistics concerning the amount of overall english
speakers living in france (english speaking expatriots). As well as
statistics concerning english and american people and reading.
Subject: Re: english speakers in france
Answered By: politicalguru-ga on 29 Dec 2005 15:55 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Dear Ashpash, 

There are no official statistics determining how many English speakers
live in France. There are only estimates, of more than 500,000 English
speakers, mostly British nationals, living in France. Britons living
in France number 300,000 (2000 est.)[1] to 350,000[2]. The second
largest group is U.S. citizens, where estimates from a variety of
sources suggest that "between 29,000 and 112,000 Americans live in
France"[3]. The French Embassy in Washington, reports that more than
61,000 Americans live in France[4], while the State Department reports
that "About 90,000 Americans live in France" [6].

Another source suggests that the number is closer to 110,000: 
"    *  How many Americans live in France ? This is a frequently asked
question and the answer varies between 100,000 and 200,000 depending
on the source and the definition (with or without government staff and
army).  A recently published (2003) map gives the following figures of
the largest (private sector only) US communities among the 4,1 million
American citizens living abroad (Source : AARO The Association of
Americans Residents Overseas, AAWE  Asssociation of American Wives of
Europeans, ACA  American Citizens Abroad, FAWCO  Federation of
American Women's Clubs Overseas Inc., EBA European Benefits
Administrators) " [5]

Except for them, several thousands of Australians, who reside in
France[7]; and several other native english speaking expatriots.

UK nationals living in France "tend to be retirees and waiters, while
the French [living in the UK, politicalguru] tend to be bankers and
executives."[2], and they tend to live mostly in the south of France,
in Provance. Americans tend to live around Paris.

As for reading habbits, an article from August 2004 [1] discloses that
an English language monthly magazine sells some 50,000 copies all over
France. Another English language newspaper sells 30,000 nationwide. In
addition, France Free Voice claims to reach "100,000 English-speaking
readers every month."[8]

Links to some English language media in France is available here: 
AngloInfo, " English Language Media" 

There is interesting information regarding literacy and reading habits
of Britons in general, that is provided by the Literacy Trust
Reading habits, research and statistics 

You can read about Canadian reading habits at: 

Canadian Reading Habits

Reading habits change in new on-line revolution

American reading habits could be read here: 

The Nation's Report Card - Reading


(1) Sophie Pons, "Anglophones in France want local news in English",
_Manila Times_, 22 August 2004,

(2) Christopher Caldwell, "Védrinism: France?s Global Ambition",
POlicy Review October 2000

(3) Deborah Bulkeley, "Panel ponders logistics of an overseas census",
Desert Morning News, July 22, 2004,

(4) French Embassy, "Exchange".

(5)  Facts and figures about France 


(7) The Southern Cross Group, "Acquiring Another Citizenship -
France", <>

(8) Paris Women Journal

I hope this answers your question. Please contact me if you need any
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ashpash-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $2.00
the information was very helpful! I received a more thorough answer
than i had expected. Thanks again

Subject: Re: english speakers in france
From: politicalguru-ga on 02 Jan 2006 12:23 PST

Thank you for the rating and the tip!

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