Biggest French-Speaking Cities

Name the biggest urban areas in the world where French is understood by a majority of the population.
According to Lyfepyle.
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Last updated: March 10, 2021
First submittedJuly 9, 2017
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Population
City
14,342,000
Kinshasa
11,017,000
Paris
5,203,000
Abidjan
4,221,000
Montréal
3,992,000
Yaoundé
Population
City
3,663,000
Douala
2,774,000
Port-au-Prince
2,388,000
Brazzaville
2,365,000
Tunis
1,719,000
Lyon
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Level 62
Jul 9, 2017
Very interesting quiz!
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Level 16
Feb 6, 2020
Sorry to be a bore, but most of these cities listed don't speak French as a mother tongue. Kinshasa for instance. Barely nobody in that city speaks French as a native language. They speak native tribal languages that existed thousands of years before the French arrived, including Kituba, Swahili, Lingala and Tshiluba.

French is merely an "official" language of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. That doesn't mean people speak it natively, or even speak it at all.

Same goes for Abidjan, located in Ivory Coast, where the vast majority of people speak native tribal languages, but where roughly 30% of people have learned French as a 2nd language, due to the fact that it is a designated "official" language of Ivory Coast.

Official language doesn't mean they speak it.

Fun fact, the United Kingdom doesn't even have an official language, yet 95% of people speak English natively.

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Level 72
Mar 9, 2021
Right - I really wonder how these were determined by whoever posted them on whatever Wikipedia site. Some where French is an official language (e.g. Port au Prince) don't appear, which makes it seem like someone has tried to account for what Haz says. But then there are some inclusions that really make you wonder. There's no way that there are more French speakers than Malagasy speakers in Tana.
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Level 58
Mar 10, 2021
The quiz now has a different source, and I had always meant for quiz not to be mother tongue. I have no idea what the original reasons for some of the inclusion and exclusion of cities in the original quiz.