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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 decade ago

why is French the 2nd working language of the United Nations?

The two working language of the United nations are both English and French. Why isn't Spanish the second working language. Spanish is spoken in US(North America), South America, Europe(Spain), Asia (phillipines), Africa(Morocco & equatorial guinea), and caribbean. So Why is French the second working language of the United Nations?

3 Answers

  • GuFo
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    I have been told that French was (i don't know if it is still, really) the diplomatic language around the World.

    ..............The French language is a romance dialect derived from Vulgar Latin and heavily influenced principally by Celtic and Frankish. Beginning in the 11th century, literature written in medieval French was one of the oldest vernacular (non-Latin) literatures in western Europe and it became a key source of literary themes in the Middle Ages across the continent.

    Although the European prominence of French literature was eclipsed in part by vernacular literature in Italy in the 14th century, literature in France in the 16th century underwent a major creative evolution, and through the political and artistic programs of the Ancien Régime, French literature came to dominate European letters in the 17th century.

    In the 18th century, French became the literary lingua franca and diplomatic language of western Europe (and, to a certain degree, in America), and French letters have had a profound impact on all European and American literary traditions while at the same time being heavily influenced by these other national traditions (for example: British and German Romanticism in the nineteenth century)..........Wikipedia

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  • 1 decade ago

    While any language will be useful for some jobs or for some regions, French is the only foreign language that can be useful throughout the world as well as in the United States. French as a foreign language is the second most frequently taught language in the world after English. The International Organization of Francophonie has 51 member states and governments. Of these, 28 countries have French as an official language. French is the only language other than English spoken on five continents. French and English are the only two global languages.

    When deciding on a foreign language for work or school, consider that French is the language that will give you the most choices later on in your studies or your career.

    French, along with English, is the official working language of

    the United Nations



    Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

    the International Labor Bureau

    the International Olympic Committee

    the 31-member Council of Europe

    the European Community

    the Universal Postal Union

    the International Red Cross

    Union of International Associations (UIA)

    French is the dominant working language at

    the European Court of Justice

    the European Tribunal of First Instance

    the Press Room at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium

  • Hokan
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    cause it´s the second most spoken in Europe which happens to be the continent with more countries in the G8

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