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CLS Communication translates, writes and edits French texts

The mother tongue of diplomacy

French is a world language par excellence, spoken by more than 270 million people in over 50 countries. The language of Molière is considered the “mother tongue of diplomacy”. In many places, French is taught and learned as the first foreign language.

Roughly 80 million people speak French as their first language. However, it also has an important role as a global language: it is spoken by around 274 million people in over 50 countries spanning every continent, and is often the first foreign language of choice.

A national and official language

French is also a national and official language of France, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Monaco, Mali, Burundi, Rwanda and the Seychelles. It is an official language in Valle d’Aosta, many western and central African countries, and Haiti. French is also widely spoken as a secondary language in Arabic-speaking North Africa and Southeast Asia. In addition, French is an official language of the African Union and the Organisation of American States; one of the official languages of the European Union (EU); one of the six official languages of the United Nations and one of its two working languages, alongside English; and an official language of the Universal Postal Union.

In southern Louisiana, nearly 200,000 people speak the western French dialect of the Cajuns. They are descendants of French settlers who were expelled from Canada in the 18th century. The former French colony of Louisiana (which was larger than the present state) was named after the Sun King Louis XIV – as was Saarlouis in the German state of Saarland.

The language of literature – and love

Albert Camus is one of the best-known French writers. He grew up in North Africa and became world-famous with novels such as “The Stranger” and “The Plague”. In 1957 he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. “My homeland is the French language,” he once declared. Other giants of French literature include Victor Hugo, Honoré de Balzac, Charles Baudelaire, Voltaire, Jean-Paul Sartre, Emile Zola, Stendhal, Guy de Maupassant and many more.

They all had one thing in common: their love of the French language. They shared a gift for expressing complex thoughts and intense emotions with great precision and devotion. What is more, French is widely perceived as the language of romance and love – think “chérie”, “mon amour” and “je t’aime”!

CLS Communication translates, writes and edits French texts.

Translations into French

French is one of CLS’s four core languages, alongside English, German and Italian. The company’s internal and external translators translate for a wide range of sectors, including finance, banking, business, pharmaceuticals, life science, telecommunications, utilities, industry and many more.

Writing in French

Do you lack the resources to write effective content yourself? CLS has experienced copywriters for French who faithfully implement your requirements and wishes – making communication with your customers a total success.

Editing French texts

If you want to put the final polish on your French texts, CLS is the place for you. The language experts at CLS are on hand to revise and improve your texts whenever you wish. You will be impressed by the results!

CLS offers expert language services for French in the following areas:

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