French is definitely one of the most important languages in the world. French, like Italian, German, Portuguese and Spanish, belongs to the Romance language family and today, it is calculates there are at least between 70 and 115 million people who have French as mother language.
An important feature of French language is that it enjoys official status in at least 29 countries around the world. French is today the fourth-most widely spoken mother tongue in the European Union and the third most taught only after English and German language.
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- French is a Romance language spoken originally in France, Belgium, and Switzerland, and today by about 175 million people around the world as a mother tongue or fluent second language, with significant populations in 54 countries.
- French is the second most frequently taught language in the world - after English.
- Like Italian and Spanish Latin derives from a vulgarized form of Latin. Till today the languages share many similarities.
- The French language is between the important languages of the diplomacy and of the principal international organizations (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).
- French is the official language of France, Luxembourg, Haiti and more than 15 African countries. One of the official languages of Belgium, Switzerland and Canada.
- In the 17th - 19th centuries French was pre-eminent as an international language, though it has been eclipsed by English in the 20th.