In the Democratic Republic of Congo, where French has the status of official language and functions as a language of culture, English seems for some time, to be gaining favour from the public and from leaders alike. Some have even suggested that it appears with French as an official language. For some, French and English, in this country, are in competition, a situation which could, in the long term, lead to the ousting of French in favour of English.

In order to determine which values are associated with the two languages by the public, and to develop indications as for their future in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the author carried out a survey by questionnaire. Here are the main findings.

On the negative side against French, are the facts that Congoleses continue to perceive it as a foreign language, that it is seen as a difficult language, that it is of a less distribution than English and that it is less related to development. Many answers also link the French language to the Francophonie and to imperialism.

Other answers testify on the other hand to an unquestionable attachment to French, and a majority of subjects favour its maintenance as an official language. They see that it can be replaced neither by one of the languages of Congolese origin nor by another foreign language. Among the assets of French, one raises DRC's historical link with this language, its anchoring at least among the intellectuals and its link with culture.

It is undoubtedly by arranging for colinguism between French, English and Congolese languages that one can best answer the aspirations of the Congolese people.