French is spoken as a first language by about 136 million people worldwide. It is an official language in 29 countries, most of which form La Francophonie, the community of French-speaking countries.
French is an official language of all United Nations agencies and a large number of international organizations. According to the European Union, 129 million (or 26% of the Union’s total population), in 27 member states speak French, of which 65 million are native speakers and 69 million claim to speak French either as a second language or as a foreign language, making it the third most spoken second language in the European Union, after English and German.
Twenty-percent of non-Francophone Europeans knows how to speak French, totalling roughly 145.6 million people. In addition, prior to the mid 20th century, French served as the pre-eminent language of diplomacy among European and colonial powers as well as a lingua franca among the educated classes of Europe.
Most French native speakers of the language live in France, where the language originated. The rest, live essentially in Canada, particularly Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario, as well as Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and certain places in the U.S. states of Maine and Louisiana
TANDEM International helps you learn French in Montpellier and Toulouse in France, and in Montreal in Canada.
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French courses in Toulouse:
Toulouse – Bildungsurlaub Super-Intensive French Course
Toulouse – Standard Intensive French Course – 2 weeks
Toulouse – Standard Intensive French Course – 4 weeks
Toulouse – Standard Intensive French Course – 8 weeks
French Courses in Montreal:
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