French language resources
French is spoken on a daily basis in: Algeria, Azerbaijan, Cuba, Gabon, Haiti, Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, Rwanda, St. Vincent, Tunisia, Andorra, Belgium, Benin, Burkina faso, Brazil, Burkina faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Congo DR, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, France, Gabon, Guinea, Haiti, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, Samoa, Senegal, Switzerland, Togo
Additional background on
French (français) is the third-largest of the Romance languages in terms of number of native speakers, after Spanish and Portuguese, being spoken by about 150 million people as a mother tongue or fluently. As a Romance language, it is a daughter language of Latin, although there has been significant borrowing from Ancient Greek.
It is an official language in 30 countries most of which form the Francophonie.
French is also an official or administrative language in several communities and international organisations (such as the European Union, International Olympic Committee, World Trade Organization, NATO, FINA, FIA, UCI, FIFA, World Anti-Doping Agency, United Nations, African Union, International Court of Justice, IHO, International Secretariat for Water, International Political Science Association, International Bureau of Weights and Measures, European Broadcasting Union, ESA, Universal Postal Union, Interpol and so on) and is among the six official languages of the United Nations and of all its agencies. While the status of French as the leading language for international communication has declined since its peak in the 18th and 19th centuries due to the rise of English, it maintains a prominent position, including being one of the few languages to be spoken officially in five continents.
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All data is derived from UNESCO.