French Language History
The French language (Français) is a member of the Romance group of the
Italic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages (see Romance
languages). It is spoken as a first language by more than 70
million people, chiefly in France (55 million speakers), Belgium (3
million), Switzerland (1.5 million), former French and Belgian
colonies in Africa (5 million), and Canada (6.5 million).
French probably ranks next after English as a second tongue. Having served as an international language in diplomacy and commerce as well as among educated people during the last few centuries, it still enjoys great prestige culturally and is one of the languages used officially by the United Nations. French is spoken in over 43 countries in the world.
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