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French ranks among the 10 most common languages worldwide and had over 77 million native speakers. In total, there are over 220 million French speakers globally. During the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, France had a huge colonial influence on many countries. As a result, the residents were turned into French speakers and the governments in these countries had to recognize French as an official language.

French as an official language European countries where citizens speak French African countries where citizens speak French Pacific Countries where citizens speak French American and Caribbean countries where residents speak French
Belgium Belgium Algeria French Polynesia Canada
Benin Luxembourg Benin New Caledonia French Guiana
Vanuatu Monaco

Cameroon

Vanuatu Guadeloupe
Togo Switzerland

Tunisia

Haiti
Switzerland

Togo

Martinique
Seychelles

Equatorial Guinea

Senegal

Djibouti

Rwanda

Comoros

Congo

Democratic

Republic of Congo

Republic of the Congo

Mali

Niger

Mauritius

Monaco

Madagascar

Mali

Gabon

Madagascar

Burundi

Luxembourg

Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast

Burkina Faso

Haiti

Niger

Guinea

Burundi

Gabon

Chad

France Central African Republic
Djibouti Seychelles
Canada
Chad
Comoros
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon

Most of the countries that speak French also uphold their local languages. The countries may also have more than one official language as not all citizens speak French. For instance, most African countries also recognize English as an official language.

Looking at the above list, it is evident that many countries recognized French as a national language and this is the reason why people from all over the world have chosen to learn this language. Whether you intend to move to a French-speaking country or you wish to tour France, learning French is important.

There are many schools where you can learn French at an affordable fee locally or online. With interest and a determination to learn, you will be amazed at how fast you will become a pro in this popular language.