**View the French version of this post [here](http://fr.okfn.org/?p=672)**
It is estimated that around 900 million people are able to communicate in French in the world. All those people do not necessarily speak English, and a lot of them use French as their Lingua Franca. After a suggestion from the French local group, the Open Knowledge Foundation is pleased to introduce the new international community for French speakers, with the launch of a dedicated mailing list:
This new linguistic community aims to help further the Open Knowledge Foundation mission, which is to open up knowledge around the world and see it used and useful.
*French speaking countries map | Credit : aaker, wikimedia, public domain*
We hope this new communication channel will help to develop the Open Knowledge movement across French-speaking communities in Europe, Africa, America and the world over.
This list will can be used for, but is not restricted to, the discussion of things such as:
* Open Data (legal and licensing issues, initiatives, Open Data Census, etc.);
* Open Science and Open Access;
* Open Government Partnership;
* Translation work;
* Projects and events;
* Sharing of French-language resources.
We look forward to discussing your local or global activities with you, and sharing it with the French-speaking community.
[Register with OKFN-Francophone](http://lists.okfn.org/mailman/listinfo/okfn-francophone)