French-Speaking Countries In Europe and Beyond (2023)

Did you know that learning French is also a ticket to the world? There are more than 40 territories around the globe, as well as the French-speaking countries in Europe, that speak the language.

Metropolitan French, the language we now think of as standard French, is the dialect of the Parisian region, which was elevated to the status of national language following the French Revolution.

Nowadays though, French is also spoken in a variety of forms around the globe, largely due to French exploits during the colonial period.

At one time, French served as the global lingua franca. And although it has since ceded this position to English, in a number of French-speaking countries, it is still considered a prestige language.

Plus, in certain areas, French is likely to prove more useful than English. And for anyone who wants to know where here’s my guide to all the countries where French is spoken around the world.

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French-Speaking Countries In Europe

In Europe, apart from France itself, there are four countries with a significant French-speaking population. And unsurprisingly, they all share borders with France.

#1 Belgium

Belgium is one of the major French-speaking European countries with significant numbers of French speakers.

They make up around 40% of the population and mostly live in the southern Walloon Region as well as the Brussels-Capital Region.

The other 60% of the population are native Dutch speakers, a language also referred to as ‘Flemish’ when spoken by Belgians. Both are official languages of Belgium, along with German, which is spoken by only around 1% of the population.

#2 Switzerland

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German is Switzerland’s most commonly spoken language, with almost 63% calling it their native tongue.

French is the first language of around 23% of the population. And its speakers are unsurprisingly mostly in the west of the country close to France.

Italian is spoken by just over 8% of the population and all three languages have official status, along with Romansch, which is spoken by less than 1% of Swiss.

#3 Luxembourg

Luxembourg, the tiny country located where France, Belgium and Germany converge, has a population of around 650,000, of whom 16% are native French speakers.

The official language of the country is Luxembourgish, a language closely related to German, which around 52% of the population consider their native tongue.

#4 Monaco

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The official language of the Principality of Monaco is French, and the majority of its residents are French-speaking people.

Monaco also has a significant number of Italian speakers. But Monégasque, the historical national language that can still be seen on road signs, is now spoken by very few.

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French-Speaking Countries In Africa

The continent with by far the largest number of French-speaking countries is Africa.

This is the legacy of France’s – as well as Belgium’s – colonial activities there, making French an invaluable language to know if you plan to travel through much of the region.

#5 Algeria

Although Algerian Arabic is the most widely spoken language in Algeria – and Modern Standard Arabic and Berber are official languages – French is also spoken to some degree by up to two-thirds of the population.

Algeria was part of the French colonial empire until it gained independence in 1962.

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#6 Benin

The French-speaking West African nation of Benin also has French as the official language. Although people speak many local languages, including Yon and Yoruba. French serves as the country’s lingua franca and is used in education from secondary school level up.

#7 Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso in West Africa has French as its only official language. And it serves as a lingua franca among speakers of a broad range of local languages.

The most commonly spoken language is Mossi, with native speakers comprising just over half the population.

#8 Burundi

The small landlocked country of Burundi, located in Africa’s Great Rift Valley, has French, English and Kirundi as its official languages. Burundi was formerly part of Belgium’s colonial empire.

#9 Cameroon

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Located where West Africa meets Central Africa, Cameroon is a country where you can hear as many as 250 different languages.

Germany, France and Britain were all involved in the country’s colonial history. And French and English are now both official languages – although French is more common.

Cameroon is considered one of the most linguistically diverse countries in the world. But French, along with local languages like Fulani and Chadian Arabic, serves as a lingua franca, allowing various groups to communicate.

#10 Central African Republic

Bordering Cameroon to the east, the Central African Republic was formerly a French colony. Nowadays French is an official language, a status it shares with Sango, a creole language based on Ngbandi.

#11 Chad

Until independence in 1960, Chad, in Central Africa, had been a rather neglected colony of France. French and Arabic are the two official languages while Chadian Arabic is the local lingua franca. Over 100 other languages and dialects are also spoken.

#12 Comoros

A nation consisting of three major French-speaking islands and several smaller ones located to the northwest of Madagascar, this former French colony uses French, Arabic and Comorian as its official languages.

#13 Democratic Republic Of The Congo

Located in Central Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo was formerly a Belgian colony– the Belgian Congo.

It’s a linguistically diverse country where you'll come across over 200 languages. But French is the official language.

French also serves as a lingua franca – along with the four national languages, Kituba, Lingala, Tshiluba, and Swahili. By population, it is the largest officially francophone country in the world.

#14 Republic of the Congo

The Republic of the Congo formerly fell under French colonial control. French is the official language, but there are many other local languages.

#15 Ivory Coast

A French colony before gaining independence in 1960, Ivory Coast, also known by its French name of Côte d’Ivoire, has French as its sole official language. It's one of many official French-speaking countries in Africa.

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French is the language of education and functions as the lingua franca between speakers of the many local languages.

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#16 Djibouti

A small country in the Horn of Africa, what is now Djibouti was once part of the colony known as French Somaliland. French is an official language, along with Arabic.

#17 Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea, a small country on the coast of Central Africa, was a former Spanish colony.

Spanish, French and Portuguese all have official status, but while Spanish is prevalent, French is less common. You'll also hear a number of local languages and creoles.

#18 Gabon

Also located on Central Africa’s coast, Gabon is a French-speaking African country that was a French colony until independence in 1960. Nowadays, French is the official language of Gabon, where around 80% of the population can speak it.

#19 Guinea

Once known as French Guinea, Guinea is one of a number of French-speaking West African countries that gained independence from France in 1958. Today, French is the official language, although people mostly speak local languages like Pulaar, Mandingo and Susu.

#20 Madagascar

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Madagascar was a French colony until 1960. French is now an official language, along with Malagasy. Once considered a French-speaking island, most people speak dialects of Malagasy, with French used as a second language among the educated population.

#21 Mali

The landlocked West African country of Mali was part of the French colonial empire until independence in 1960. French is now the country’s official language, although there are many local languages, including Bambara, which serves as a lingua franca.

#22 Mauritius

Mauritius, an island nation in the Indian Ocean to the east of Madagascar, was controlled variously by the Netherlands, France and then Britain until gaining independence from Britain in 1968.

It has no official language. But you'll hear both English and French on the island.

#23 Mayotte

Consisting of a main island, a smaller island and several islets located just to the south-east of Comoros, Mayotte elected to remain part of France when Comoros declared independence.

It is now an overseas French department, the local currency is the euro and it is part of the European Union. French is the official language and the majority of people speak and understand it. It's part of the French-speaking world, but the local languages are dialects of Comorian and Malagasy.

#24 Morocco

France and Spain fought over their colonial interests in Morocco for many years before France eventually gained the upper hand.

You'll still find plenty of people who speak French there, despite the country gaining independence in 1956. And for travel in Morocco, French is likely to be far more useful than English. The official languages in Morocco are Arabic and Berber.

#25 Niger

Niger, a large landlocked country in West Africa, gained independence from France in 1960. French is the official language and the language of administration. But Hausa and Zarma-Songhai are the two most widely spoken languages.

#26 Réunion

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Located in the Indian Ocean to the south-west of Mauritius, Réunion is administratively a region of France – meaning French is the official language and the local currency is the euro.

The locals also speak Reunion Creole. And more recent immigrants to the island speak dialects of Comorian, Malagasy, Chinese, Arabic and some Indian languages.

#27 Rwanda

Like neighbouring Burundi, Rwanda is a small landlocked country in Africa’s Great Rift Valley. It was first colonised by Germany and then by Belgium.

German never became popular, but as a result of Belgian influence, French – along with Kinyarwanda, Swahili and English – is one of the country’s official languages.

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#28 Senegal

Senegal, another former French colony, is home to a rich mix of languages. French is the only official language. And it also serves as a lingua franca – along with Wolof, the language of Senegal’s largest ethnic group.

#29 Seychelles

Famed for its stunning beaches, the Seychelles, an archipelago of around 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, was uninhabited before the arrival of European explorers in the 16th century. France and Britain vied for control, with Britain eventually prevailing.

The country gained independence in 1976, and nowadays, both English and French are its official languages, the legacy of the years of competition between the two colonial powers. French-based Seychelles Creole is the most widely spoken local language.

#30 Togo

Occupying a narrow strip of land between Ghana and Benin, Togo was once part of German Togoland but is now one of many French-speaking countries in Africa.

After the First World War, control passed to France until independence in 1960. French is now the only official language. But the Togolese speak many other native languages, including Ewé and Kabiyé, the two national languages.

#31 Tunisia

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Like Algeria and Morocco, Tunisia came under the French colonial sphere of influence. And as a result, French is still widely spoken there.

Arabic is the official language, with the Tunisian variety known as Tounsi being most common in daily life. You'll usually see street signs in Arabic and French.

French-Speaking Countries In The Americas

There aren't many French-speaking nations in North and South America. However, the remaining influence of the language reflects France’s former colonial presence in the region.

#32 Canada

Canadian French, consisting of several distinct dialects, is the language of Canada’s Quebec province as well as some of the surrounding areas. Montreal is the 4th largest French-speaking city in the world.

If you've only heard French from France, you will find Canadian French quite different. And probably fairly difficult to understand at first.

The French language is zealously protected by the Office québécois de la langue française. And anglicisms that you find elsewhere are rigorously suppressed.

#33 Saint Pierre and Miquelon

A tiny territory off the coast of Canada’s Newfoundland and Labrador province, Saint Pierre and Miquelon is a self-governing overseas collectivity of France with a population of only around 6,000.

Residents are French citizens, French is the official language and the euro is used in shops.

#34 USA

Although not usually considered a French-speaking country, the USA is home to over 1.3m native French speakers, making French the fifth most common non-English language in the country, after Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Tagalog.

#35 French Guiana

French Guiana, bordering Brazil and Suriname is an overseas region of France and is the only French-speaking country in South America.

Like Mayotte and Reunion, it is part of the EU, the local currency is the euro and the official language is French. French Guianese Creole and several other local languages are also spoken.

French-Speaking Countries In The Caribbean

#36 Guadeloupe

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Consisting of six inhabited islands and several uninhabited islands and islets located in the Caribbean, Guadeloupe is a French overseas department.

The local currency is the euro and French is the official language – in this French-speaking island country, practically the entire population speaks it.

#37 Haiti

Haiti was originally colonized by Spain. But the French wrested control of the western part of the island, which became known as Saint-Domingue.

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Following a slave revolt, the country gained independence in 1804, the first nation in Latin American and the Caribbean to do so.

French and Haitian Creole are the county’s two official languages, with French being used in most schools and spoken by most educated Haitians.

#38 Martinique

Martinique, a West Indian island, is an integral part of France. French is the official language, but most residents also speak Martinique Creole.

Like other similar French-speaking places, Martinique is part of the EU and the euro is the local currency.

#39 Saint Barthélemy

The Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy has a similar status to Guadeloupe and Martinique. French is the official language, and the local currency is also the euro.

#40 Saint Martin

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French Saint Martin is the northern half of the Caribbean island of the same name. Like Guadeloupe, Martinique and Saint Barthélemy, French is the official language and the currency is the euro.

The southern half of the island, known as Sint Maarten, is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It's not part of this list of French-speaking countries, with English spoken most frequently.

French-Speaking Countries In Oceania

France was also active in some of the most far-flung parts of the Pacific. And as a result, the French language is still present in several areas.

#41 French Polynesia

Administratively, French Polynesia is a French overseas country, the only one of its kind. It consists of 118 dispersed islands and atolls where a number of Polynesian languages are spoken.

However, French is considered the only official language and up to three-quarters of the population speak it at home. The local currency is the CFP franc.

#42 New Caledonia

New Caledonia is a French autonomous territory over 1,000km east of Australia in the Pacific Ocean. French is the official language. 95% of the population speak it, although various local languages are also in use. The CFP franc is the local currency.

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#43 Vanuatu

Vanuatu, an archipelago in the South Pacific, became unified as a nation in 1980 having previously been governed by Britain and France. The national language and lingua franca of the archipelago is Bislama, which, along with French and English, is also an official language.

#44 Wallace And Futuna

Wallace and Futuna, a French overseas territory, consists of three main volcanic islands and some other uninhabited islets in the South Pacific.

The most common languages are Wallisian and Futunan, both Polynesian languages, but French is the official language. The CFP franc is the local currency.

French: A Global Language Worth Knowing

Although English is still the language to learn for travel, in certain areas, being able to speak French is likely to be more useful.

As a result, knowing both English and French will enable you to at least ‘get by’ in many parts of the world. As we've seen, all the French-speaking countries make up a sizeable proportion of the world.

French-speaking countries in Europe aren't the only ones to take notice of. That's why French was in my list of the 7 best languages to learn for business. In that post, I reveal that French is predicted to be the world's most spoken language by 2050!

Although French varies to a certain extent around the world, no matter which variety you're learning, the best way to get fluent is to use a fun and effective method like StoryLearning®.

With StoryLearning®, you learn through stories, not rules. So you can learn French from home by reading French books or short stories in French. That way, you'll be ready for your travels, no matter where they might take you.

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FAQs

Which are the French speaking countries in Europe? ›

French in Europe

French is the official language of France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Monaco. The largest number of native French speakers are in France, but the Democratic Republic of Congo is the most populous state where French is an official language.

How many countries speak French in Europe? ›

It is the official language of 29 countries. It is estimated that around 12% of the European Union's population speaks French as a mother tongue, making it the fourth most widely-spoken European language.

What are the 29 French speaking countries? ›

The 29 countries are, in alphabetical order: Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, the Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, France, Haiti, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mali, Monaco, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Switzerland, Togo and Vanuatu.

How many countries are French speaking? ›

How many French speaking countries are there in the world? Formally, 29 countries use French as the national or official language. Additionally, France has 11 Overseas Territories, which are administrative subdivisions of France outside of the mainland.

What are 3 European countries that speak French? ›

French is used in government and for business, while there are 242 other spoken languages, including Kituba, Lingala and Swahili. In Europe, outside of France, the main French-speaking countries are Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg.

What are 7 countries that speak French? ›

Countries
  • Benin.
  • Burkina Faso.
  • Congo.
  • Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Ivory Coast.
  • France (Metropolitan France and Overseas France)
  • Gabon.
  • Guinea.

Is French common in Europe? ›

French. Next on the list of most spoken languages in Europe is French, with about 80 million native speakers. It is the official language of France (of course), as well as a co-official language of Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg.

How many countries are in Europe? ›

The European Union ( EU ) is an economic and political union of 27 countries. It operates an internal (or single) market which allows free movement of goods, capital, services and people between member states.

Is French a European country? ›

France is the third largest country in Europe (after Russia and Ukraine). France is located in Western Europe and shares borders with Andorra, Spain, Monaco, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium. It is connected to the United Kingdom by the Channel Tunnel.

Is French spoken in 33 countries? ›

French is spoken officially in 33 countries. That is, there are 33 countries in which French is either the official language, or one of the official languages. This number is second only to English, which is spoken officially in 45 countries.

What are the top 3 countries that speak French? ›

Here's the top 3 French speaking countries in the world, in terms of people speaking French:
  • France. 66.1 million of French speakers.
  • D.R. of Congo. 42.6 million of French speakers.
  • Algeria. 13.8 million of French speakers.

Is US a French speaking country? ›

Today, French is the second most spoken language (after English) in the states of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. In Louisiana, it is tied with Spanish for second most spoken if Louisiana French and all creoles such as Haitian are included.
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What are the 20 French speaking countries? ›

French is the official language** in Belgium, Benin, Burkina, Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Central, African, Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte, d'Ivoire, Democratic, Republic, of, the, Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial, Guinea, France, Guinea, Haiti, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mali, Monaco, Niger, Republic, of, the, Congo, ...

What is a French speaking country called? ›

Today, owing to France's past overseas expansion, there are numerous French-based creole languages, most notably Haitian Creole. A French-speaking person or nation may be referred to as Francophone in both English and French.

Where is French a second language? ›

French is a major second language in Arabic-speaking Algeria, Tunis, and Morocco. The dispersion of French is due to the political, economic, scientific, and cultural influence of France.

What are the 3 main languages in Europe? ›

The German language is the most widely-understood language after the English language as it is a popular second or third language in many European countries. Coming in third after Russian and German is French, with the number of native speakers at about 80 million.

What are the capitals of 10 French speaking countries? ›

French-speaking countries
CountryCapitalContinent
FranceParisEurope
GabonLibrevilleAfrica
GuineaConakryAfrica
HaitiPort-au-PrinceAmerica
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What is African French called? ›

African French (French: français africain) is the generic name of the varieties of the French language spoken by an estimated 141 million people in Africa in 2018, spread across 34 countries and territories.

What are the 5 continents that speak French? ›

Europe accounts for 39.87% of the French-speaking population, sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean for 36.03%, North Africa and the Middle East for 15.28%, America and the Caribbean for 7.66% and Asia/Oceania for 1.16% (OIF, La langue française dans le monde, 2010).

Is French the largest country in Europe? ›

By surface area, France is the largest EU country and Malta the smallest.

How important is French in Europe? ›

French is an important language for international business.

It's the third-largest economy in Europe. And it's in fourth place in the Fortune Global 500, outranked only by the US, China, and Japan. French is also an official language for some of the most dynamic emerging economies in Africa.

What is the first language in Europe? ›

Euskera is the oldest living language in Europe. Most linguists, experts and researchers say so. Euskera is a very old language whose origins remain unknown.

What is the smallest country in the world Europe? ›

1. Vatican City (0.44 km2) Technically, the tiny walled enclave of Vatican City is not a country but a 'sovereign city-state' ruled by the Pope. Whatever the case, with a mere 900 residents, it's the smallest independent state in the world, by both area and population.

Why is Europe called Europe? ›

Europe is the second-smallest continent. The name Europe, or Europa, is believed to be of Greek origin, as it is the name of a princess in Greek mythology. The name Europe may also come from combining the Greek roots eur- (wide) and -op (seeing) to form the phrase “wide-gazing.”

How did Europe get its name? ›

The term Europe is generally derived from Greek words meaning broad (eurys) and face (ops). A minority, however, see a Semitic origin, pointing to the Akkadian word gharoob or erebu which means "sunset". From a Middle Eastern viewpoint, the sun sets over Europe: the lands to the west.

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24Canada57,812
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26France56,036
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How old is French language? ›

The earliest known text containing French is the Strasbourg Oaths, which can be dated to 842. This work documents the oaths sworn in French and in German by two of Charlemagne's grandsons, Charles the Bald (b. 823, d.

Which country spoke French for 300 years? ›

French was the official language of England for about 300 years, from 1066 till 1362.

Is French spoken in all 7 continents? ›

French is a young, vibrant, international language. It is the only language other than English to be spoken on all five continents. In fact, among its 275 million speakers, more than 96 million live in Africa, yet it also represents the 2nd most widely spoken native language and foreign language in Europe.

Which is the largest French speaking city in the world? ›

11.1 million out of the 12.1 million people residing in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa, speak French, making it the largest French-speaking city in the world.

What is the most interesting French speaking country? ›

The Best French-Speaking Countries To Visit That Aren't France
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What is the second largest French speaking city? ›

Kinshasa is the world's second largest French speaking city, after Paris, and before Montreal and Brussels. The number of French speakers has TRIPLED since 1945 largely since most former French and Belgian colonies kept French as their language of government, education and science after decolonization.

What is a French American called? ›

December 2021) The Franco-Americans, or French Americans, are a group of people of French, French-Canadian, and Acadian descent living in the United States. Today there are 11.8 million Franco-Americans in the US and 1.6 million Franco-Americans who speak French at home.

Why is French an important language? ›

French is the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture. A knowledge of French offers access to great works of literature in the original French, as well as films and songs.

Which countries first language is English? ›

Anglosphere countries are those where English is the main native language. All areas of the world that were ever part of the British Empire. The names of current British Overseas Territories are underlined in red.
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CountryFiji
ISO codeFJI
Geographic regionOceania
Population828,000
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Is India a French speaking country? ›

Today, Pondicherry still has a community of French people living in the city and French is also an official language. There are 6,500 French people registered in South India, and of these about 5,500 are in Pondicherry.

How many countries are in the world? ›

Countries in the World:

There are 195 countries in the world today. This total comprises 193 countries that are member states of the United Nations and 2 countries that are non-member observer states: the Holy See and the State of Palestine.

Why is it called a French? ›

It comes from the Latin Francia which means 'realm of the Franks' and referred to a tribe who lived in what is now France during the Roman period.

Why do Africa speak French? ›

Africa has the most French speakers of any continent. The French language was introduced to the African continent due to colonialism. France and Belgium lost control of their African colonies in the 1950s and 1960s. However, French is still spoken in at least 29 African countries.

Which island is French speaking? ›

PAHO Countries and Centers: French-speaking Caribbean
CuraçaoFrench Guiana
GuadeloupeHaiti
MartiniqueSint Maarten

Is French hard to learn? ›

The FSI scale ranks French as a “category I language”, considered “more similar to English” compared to categories III and IV “hard” or “super-hard languages”. According to the FSI, French is one of the easiest languages to learn for a native English speaker.

What is the hardest language to learn? ›

1. Mandarin. As mentioned before, Mandarin is unanimously considered the most difficult language to master in the world! Spoken by over a billion people in the world, the language can be extremely difficult for people whose native languages use the Latin writing system.

What is the French language called? ›

What are the top 3 French speaking countries? ›

Here's the top 3 French speaking countries in the world, in terms of people speaking French:
  • France. 66.1 million of French speakers.
  • D.R. of Congo. 42.6 million of French speakers.
  • Algeria. 13.8 million of French speakers.

What part of Europe is French in? ›

France is located in Western Europe and shares borders with Andorra, Spain, Monaco, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium. It is connected to the United Kingdom by the Channel Tunnel. Some parts of France are located overseas (mostly islands in the Caribbean and Pacific).

Is there a French speaking part of Germany? ›

The official language of Germany is Standard German, with over 95 percent of the country speaking Standard German or German dialects as their first language.
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What are the 3 main languages spoken in France? ›

French: 42,100,000 (92%) Occitan: 1,670,000 (3.65%) German and German dialects: 1,440,000 (3.15%)

What are 12 countries that speak French? ›

French is the official language** in Belgium, Benin, Burkina, Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Central, African, Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte, d'Ivoire, Democratic, Republic, of, the, Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial, Guinea, France, Guinea, Haiti, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mali, Monaco, Niger, Republic, of, the, Congo, ...

Where is the largest French speaking city? ›

11.1 million out of the 12.1 million people residing in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa, speak French, making it the largest French-speaking city in the world.

What are French speaking countries called? ›

Click on a tile for details. French is an Indo-European Romance language. There are about 76 million native French speakers and 274 million fluent French speakers worldwide.

What was France called before? ›

France was originally called Gaul by the Romans who gave the name to the entire area where the Celtics lived. This was at the time of Julius Caesar's conquest of the area in 51-58 BC.

Who founded France? ›

In the 4th century, the Franks, which is where the name France comes from, began to take power. In 768 Charlemagne united the Franks and began to expand the kingdom. He was named the Holy Roman Emperor by the Pope and is today considered the founder of both the French and German monarchies.

What is Germany called in French? ›

For example, in the German language, the country is known as Deutschland from the Old High German diutisc, in Arabic as Almania (ألمانيا), in Spanish as Alemania and in French as Allemagne from the name of the Alamanni tribe, in Italian as Germania from the Latin Germania (although the German people are called tedeschi ...

Is English closer to German or French? ›

English is genealogically West Germanic, closest related to the Low Saxon and Frisian languages; however, its vocabulary is also distinctively influenced by dialects of French (about 29% of modern English words) and Latin (also about 29%), plus some grammar and a small amount of core vocabulary influenced by Old Norse ...

Is German like French? ›

French and German are different enough that you won't get them confused, but not so different that you can't apply your learning back and forth. French is a Romance language that derives from Latin, whereas German is a Germanic language like English. This means that learning them isn't too similar.

Is French easy to learn? ›

The FSI scale ranks French as a “category I language”, considered “more similar to English” compared to categories III and IV “hard” or “super-hard languages”. According to the FSI, French is one of the easiest languages to learn for a native English speaker.

What type of language is French? ›

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