French Language

French is a Romance language spoken as a first language by about 136 million people worldwide. A total of 220 million speak it as a first and second language.

French-speaking communities are present in 57 countries and territories.

Most native speakers of the language live in France, where the language originated.

The rest live essentially in Canada, particularly Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario, as well as Belgium, Switzerland, Haiti, Luxembourg, and certain places in the U.S. states of Maine and Louisiana.

Most second-language speakers of French live in Francophone Africa, arguably exceeding the number of native speakers.