Francophone World

Why Study French?

Dozens of reasons why French can benefit you! 

French- The Language of Business

French is the preferred or official language of many international organizations and businesses.  The US exports more to countries having French as a national language than to countries having any other foreign language.  France is one of the four largest industrial economies in the world and is the world's second largest agricultural producer after the US.

The US is the largest direct investor in France and France is one of the three largest investors in the US. Among foreign countries doing business in the US, France employs the third largest number of Americans.  Many popular US brands are actually French-owned.  Click on the image below to see larger image of French-owned companies.

French-owned companies

French-owned brands and businesses

Allegra (Aventis Pharmaceuticals)
Amtrak Acela (Alstom)
American Photo Magazine (Hachette Filipacchi Media)
Beefeater (Pernod Ricard)
BancWest (BNP Paribas)
Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies (Alcatel)
BF Goodrich Tires (Michelin)
Blizzard Entertainment (Vivendi Universal Games)
Boating Magazine (Hachette Filipacchi Media)
Bravo (Vivendi Universal*)
Bushmills (Pernod Ricard)
Car and Driver Magazine (Hachette Filipacchi Media)
Chivas Regal (Pernod Ricard)
CNBC (Vivendi Universal*)
Crystal Springs (Danone)
Cycle World Magazine (Hachette Filipacchi Media)
Dannon (Danone)
Decca Records (Vivendi Universal)
Deutsche Grammophon (Vivendi Universal)
DKNY (LVMH-Moët Hennessy- Louis Vuitton)
ELLE Magazine (Hachette Filipacchi Media)
Evian (Danone)
Focus Features (Vivendi Universal*)
Geffen Records (Vivendi Universal)
Glenlivet (Pernod Ricard)
GRP Records (Vivendi Universal)
Hennessy (LVMH-Moët Hennessy- Louis Vuitton)
Home Magazine (Hachette Filipacchi Media)
Interscope A&M Records (Vivendi Universal)
Island Def Jam Music Group (Vivendi Universal)
Jameson (Pernod Ricard)
Kahlua (Pernod Ricard)
Krups (Groupe SEB)
Lea & Perrins/Worcester (Danone)
Lost Highway Records (Vivendi Universal)
Magellan GPS (Thales/Alcatel)
Martell (Pernod Ricard)
Massive Entertainment (Vivendi Universal Games)
MCA Nashville (Vivendi Universal)
Mercury Nashville (Vivendi Universal)
Mercury Records (Vivendi Universal)
Metropolitan Home Magazine (Hachette Filipacchi Media)
Michelin Tires
Mikasa Crystal
Motel 6 (Accor)
Moulinex (Groupe SEB) (Vivendi Universal)
MSNBC (Vivendi Universal*)
mun2 Channel (Vivendi Universal*)
Naya (Danone)
NBC (Vivendi Universal*)
NBC Universal (Vivendi Universal*)
Nissan Motor (Renault owns 30%)
Pernod Ricard
Philips (Vivendi Universal)
Polydor Records (Vivendi Universal)
Popular Photography & Imaging Magazine (Hachette Filipacchi Media)
Premiere Magazine (Hachette Filipacchi Media)
Radical Entertainment (Vivendi Universal Games)
RCA (Thomson Electronics)
Red Roof Inns (Accor)
Road & Track Magazine (Hachette Filipacchi Media)
Rogue Pictures (Vivendi Universal*)
SCI-FI Channel (Vivendi Universal*)
Seagram's (Pernod Ricard)
Sheaffer Pen Company (BIC)
Sierra Entertainment (Vivendi Universal Games)
Sofitel (Accor)
Sound & Vision Magazine (Hachette Filipacchi Media)
Stolichnaya (Pernod Ricard**)
Stonyfield Farm (Danone)
Swordfish Studios (Vivendi Universal Games)
TAG Heuer Watches (LVMH-Moët Hennessy- Louis Vuitton)
Technicolor (Thomson Electronics)
Telemundo (Vivendi Universal*)
T-Fal/Tefal Cookware (Groupe SEB)
Thales (Alcatel)
Uniroyal (Michelin)
Universal Motown Records Group (Vivendi Universal)
Universal Pictures (Vivendi Universal*)
Universal Studios (Vivendi Universal*)
USA Network (Vivendi Universal*)
Verve Music Group (Vivendi Universal)
Vivendi Universal
Wild Turkey (Pernod Ricard)
Wite-Out (BIC)
Woman's Day Magazine (Hachette Filipacchi Media)

* An NBC Universal Company in which Vivendi Universal owns a 20% share and General Electric owns an 80% share
** US distribution rights