10 Largest Francophone Cities in the World

More than 6000 languages are being spoken around the world, but only less than 100 languages could find their way into being known globally and less than 20 of them are widely being practiced by non-native speakers of the language.

French is a very popular language with about 300 million speakers around the globe. French is the official language of 29 countries and 12 territories, in Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and even Oceania. French was way more popular in the past few centuries before the vast British colonialism. But with more than 200 million people using French in their daily life, some scientists predict that probably in the next 4 decades, French may become the most popular language in the world.

In this post, we’ll introduce you to the 10 largest Francophone cities in the world.

10- Lubumbashi, DRC (1.8 million)

Lubumbashi is the second-largest city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, near the Zambian border. This city is famous for its copper mining industry. Lubumbashi is the tenth-largest Francophone city in the world.


9- Lyon, France (2.1 million)

Lyon in France is famous for being home to Interpol’s headquarters. This city also has the status of a World Heritage site. Lyon is also known for its beautiful historical and architectural sites.

8- Yaounde, Cameroon (2.4 million)

Yaoundé view from central market (2014)

Yaounde is the capital and second-largest city of Cameroon. Because of having countless hills and being high altitude, Yaounde has one of the best climates in West Africa. Both French and English are official languages of Yaounde, but French is still dominant.

7- Douala, Cameroon (2.4 million)

Ars&Urbis International Workshop - Emiliano Gandolfi 36

Douala is the largest city in Cameroon. This city is known for its foreign investors and those in seek of a calm place to live in. French is the official language in Douala, however, English is widely spoken around the city as well.

6- Dakar, Senegal (2.5 million)

Dakar - Panorama urbain

Being famous as Africa’s fashion capital, Dakar, is the capital and the largest city in Senegal. This city is a melting pot of different races, backgrounds, and cultures. The culture in Dakar is a mixture of European and Islamic. Dakar is also home to several international companies and banks. It was also the endpoint of Dakar rally up until 2008.


5- Port-au-Prince, Haiti (2.5 million)

Port-au-Prince is the capital of Haiti, an island country in the Caribbean. This city is home to about half of the country’s population and it’s also one of the poorest cities in the Americas, suffering from several natural and economic incidents, the latest one being an earthquake in 2010, which affected the city’s tourism business.


4- Montreal, Canada (3.8 million)

Montreal is the largest city of Canada’s only French-speaking province, Quebec, as well as being Canada’s second-largest city with more than 3.8 million people calling Montreal home. Montreal is one of the oldest cities in North America and it’s so European you won’t believe you’re in North America. Montreal is constantly among the most visited cities in the world and is famous because of its architecture, art, fashion, and warm people.

3- Abidjan, Ivory Coast (7.1 million)


Abidjan is the capital of the Ivory Coast, a country in West Africa. This city is modern and well organized. In fact, Abidjan is one of the most developed cities in Africa. This city constantly reminds people of economical cities in North America and Europe.

2- Kinshasa, DRC (9.0 million)

Vue Kinshasa

Kinshasa is the capital and the largest city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with a population of more than 9 million. French is widely spoken in Kinshasa in daily life, newspapers, educational institutions, and even on traffic signs. Kinshasa one of the largest equatorial cities in this world. It is situated beside the Congo river and too close to Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo.


1- Paris, France (12.2 million)

Paris, the capital of France is the largest Francophone city in the world with more than 12.2 million people living in it. Paris is known as the city of love and romance and has been the capital of literature and art in Europe since the middle ages. Paris is the most visited city in the world but the number of tourists dropped by around 10% since the bombings in 2015.

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14 thoughts on “10 Largest Francophone Cities in the World

  1. Where I live, French is seen as such an unimportant language. I’m going to be pointing to this article from now on if they question me learning French 🙂

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  2. I’m surprised Geneva, Switzerland didn’t make the cut, considering it’s a UN city and French is an official UN language. What’s weird about Switzerland though is that the French, German and Italian Swiss are very territorial. Whenever I tell someone Swiss I was born in the French part, and they aren’t from that part, they will remind me which part of Switzerland they’re from. It makes me a little salty. Anyway, I love learning how French dialects differ. I can’t stand the way the French say “soixante-dix” or “quatre-vingt-dix”! For me, since I was born in Switzerland, I can get away with saying, “septante”, “octante”, etc. Always done that, except when I have done French class where I’ve had to learn the French way. I’m interested to learn the Canadian French dialect though

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