Tuesday, May 08, 2012
This article in French addresses the issue, giving some fairly negative numbers but not finishing with a totally negative conclusion. Google Translate handles it here (kind of awkwardly unfortunately), and some interesting numbers are:
In public schools, students begin learning French today at the age of nine years, compared to seven years in the 1970s. The audience share of French television hardly passes 2% to 3% compared to nearly 30% in the 1990s. The Francophone radio station RTCI is at just 1% on average compared to 10% of listeners in 2000. The daily French press, including electronic media, hardly attracts 120,000 readers for a country with almost 11 million inhabitants. Social network exchanges are 60% in Arabic, 20% in French, and 20% in a mixed jargon of Tunisian in Latin letters. And finally, France receives a bit fewer than 100,000 Tunisian visitors with 80,000 visas granted by France, against hundreds of thousands in the 1970s and beginning of the 1980s when visa-free access was the norm.