French, which has 79 million native speakers and 370 million other speakers worldwide, takes fifth place among the world languages after English, Chinese, Hindi, and Spanish. France is also strong economically: As the world’s fifth largest economy, the “Grande Nation” is the most important industrialised nation in Europe after Germany. Thanks to the close partnership between France and Germany, and also guidelines such as the 2006/42/EG machine policy (article 1.7.4), the demand for translations into French by German companies continues to be high. Translations from and into French are most often needed in the technology, energy and mechanical engineering sectors. As these two countries are also neighbours, tourism is another area in which French translations are in great demand.