Native Speakers: 77.2 million; L2 Speakers: 202.6 million
European Union (France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland), Canada, Africa, South America & Caribbean, Australasia
Official: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, France, Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Monaco, Niger, Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Togo; Co-Official: Belgium, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Switzerland, Vanuatu
Fusional (inflected) language with a subject-verb-object (SVO) word order. Nouns and pronouns are inflected for number (singular or plural); adjectives, for number and gender of the corresponding nouns; pronouns, for person, number, gender, and case; and verbs, for tense, aspect, mood, and the person and number of their subjects.
Metropolitan French is the standard dialect in France, based on the dialect spoken around Paris. The two main dialects of Canadian French are Quebec French and Acadian French. Other main European dialects include Belgian French and Swiss French. There are many varieties of African French (spoken by 120 million people in Africa), influenced by regional languages in each area where it is spoken, although almost all dialects of African French typically include the alveolar trill.
Approximately 2.1 million people speak French at home in the United States, based on the 2010 Census. “Indigenous” varieties of French include Louisiana French and New England French. There has also been increased immigration from Francophone countries, mainly from Africa and Haiti which now make up an increasingly large proportion of French speakers in the United States.
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