Macron aims to spend hundreds of millions of euros boosting the French language worldwide, in a push to overtake English in Africa, increase the use of French online and teach French to more European officials to loosen the grip of the English language on Brussels, according to The Guardian.
"The situation now is quite paradoxical. English has probably never been as present in Brussels at the time when we are talking about Brexit. This domination is not inevitable. It's up to us to set some rules, to be present, and make French the language with which one has access to a number of opportunities," he said.
There are now more French speakers outside France than inside it.
Macron wants to boost the number of people speaking French in the hope of leaping up the global language rankings.
But a cultural row had raged since Macron announced to students in Burkina Faso last year that French could within decades be "the number one language in Africa and maybe even the world" and that it fell to young Africans to defend it.