French is the official language of France, and is one of the official languages for 33 countries, including Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg. It is spoken by over 175 million people world-wide.
French was the most important language of diplomacy and international relations from the 17th century right until about mid 20th century, when it was replaced by English. This was the time when United States became the dominant global power after the Second World War. The switch from French to English as dominant language created greater need for French to English translations, especially so, when more countries adopt English.
Even before the 20th century and during the 1900s, the scientific journals and discoveries from French scientists underwent French to English translation frequently, so as to be able to share findings with the English speaking scientific communities. Back then, French, German and English were the main scientific languages and English has yet to be the dominant scientific language.
Nowadays, French to English translation services are engaged for all types of imaginable media and documents. As long as there is cross border activity between French and English entities or persons, there will always be a need for French to English translation. Legal contracts, correspondences, product manuals, marketing brochures, employee handbooks and websites to name a few, undergo French to English translation regularly. Therefore, it is not rare to see documents relating to French exports of wine and spirits, wheat, and military equipment to accompany with French to English translations. You don’t have to know French to enjoy a French TV drama or movie. These days, French to English translations for viewers are done with such artful flair that the skillful French translator is able to bring across the subtle French humor, insinuations and twists in the subtitles.