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A language in the Francien Language Family[1] [2].

Alternative Names None

Origin France
Writing System French alphabet (derived from Latin)
In Use circa 1000 to the present

Language of
France, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Canada, Madagascar, Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Niger, Senegal, Mali, Belgium, Chad, Guinea, Rwanda, Haiti, Burundi, Benin, Switzerland, Togo, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Comoros, Equatorial Guinea, Djibouti, Luxembourg, Vanatu, Seychelles, Monaco[3]
Also Spoken in United States, Italy, United Kingdom
Native Speakers ~70,000,000[2]
Non-Native Speakers Unknown
Regulated by Académie française

ISO 639-1 Code FR[2]
ISO 639-2 Code FRE/FRA[2]
ISO 639-3 Code FRA[2]



History of French

See: French/history

Dialects of French

Text Sample

Tous les êtres humains naissent libres et égaux en dignité et en droits. Ils sont doués de raison et de conscience et doivent agir les uns envers les autres dans un esprit de fraternité.
-Article 1, “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights[4]

French in Other Languages

See: French/translate

Teaching Materials for French

Verb Guides



  1. Gordon, Raymond G., Jr. (ed.), 2005. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Fifteenth edition. Dallas, Tex.: SIL International. Online version:
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 French language. (2008, May 11). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:20, May 11, 2008, from
  3. List of countries where French is an official language. (2008, May 5). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:20, May 11, 2008, from
  4. Unicode Consortium, “UDHR in Unicode - Translations sorted by name,”, 2/18/08.
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