French Language (fra)

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Also Known As: French language,Français,French


French (français, French pronunciation: [fʀɑ̃sɛ]) is a Romance language spoken, around the world, by about 77 million people as a first language (mother tongue), by 50 million as a second language, and by about another 200 million people as an acquired foreign language, with significant speakers in 54 countries. Most native speakers of the language live in France, where the language originated. The rest live essentially in Canada (particularly Quebec), Belgium, Switzerland, Francophone Africa, Luxembourg, and Monaco. Most second-language speakers of French live in Francophone Africa, arguably exceeding the number of native speakers. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is the Francophone country with the largest population. French is a descendant of the Latin language of the Roman Empire, as are national languages such as Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and Romanian, and minority languages ranging from Catalan and Occitan to Neapolitan and many more. Its development was also influenced by the native Celtic languages of Roman Gaul and by the Germanic language of the post-Roman Frankish invaders.

It is an official language in 29 countries, most of which form what is called, in French,..... full article at Wikipedia

Location of French Language Speakers

Rosetta Document Collection

Genesis Translation:
Universal Declaration Of Human Rights:


Main Country: France
Spoken In:

Countries: Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Comoros, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Channel Islands, Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Holy Roman Empire, Haiti, Luxembourg, Laos, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Monaco, Niger, Québec, Rwanda, Switzerland, Senegal, Seychelles, Togo, Vanuatu, Côte d'Ivoire, Cambodia, France Regions: Europe

ISO 639-1 Code: fr
ISO 639-2 Code: fra
ISO 639-3 Code: fra

Classification Taxonomy

All Languages

  Indo-European Group

    Italic Group

      Romance Group

        Italo-Western Group

          Western Italo-Western Group

            Gallo-Iberian Group

              Gallo-Romance Group

                Gallo-Rhaetian Group

                  Oil Gallo-Rhaetian Group

                    French Group

                      French Language

                        Quebec French

                        Canadian French

                        Acadian French

                        Belgian French

                        French, Cajun Language

                        Swiss French

                        African French

                        Cambodian French

                        Newfoundland French

                        Jersey Legal French

                        Aostan French

                        Lao French

                        Maghreb French

                        Louisiana Creole French Language