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Latest update : 2013-03-22

French not favoured by language learners Down Under

While the Australian population is largely a mixture of people who have moved Down Under from all over the globe, it's surprising how many Australians speak foreign languages. While French used to be a popular choice in schools, the distance between France and Australia has meant the popularity of French has been supplanted by languages closer to home, such as Arabic, Indonesian and Mandarin Chinese. Only 1% of Australians speak French, but one of them spoke to France 24.

By Alex PARRY , Isabelle Dellerba

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