French Speaking Countries | Francophone Countries

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French is an Indo-European Romance language. There are about 76 million native French speakers and 274 million fluent French speakers worldwide. It is one of six languages of the United Nations and the second most widely-spoken language in the European Union.

Which countries speak French? French is the official language in 29 countries. French is the only official language for 13 of these countries and the co-official language in 16 countries. The most populous country where French is the official language is the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa, followed by France and Canada. French is the co-offical language of Belgium, along with German and Dutch.

French is the official language of several dependent entities. French Polynesia, which has a population of 267,000, is the most populous of these entities, where French is the official language. All of the entities that have French as the official language are, in alphabetical order:

In the United States, French is recognized as a cultural language in both Maine and Louisiana. It is a de facto official language and is used for education, commerce, and government services.

French Speaking Countries | Francophone Countries

Rank Country 2021 Population
Dr Congo92,377,993
France65,426,179
Canada38,067,903
Madagascar28,427,328
Cameroon27,224,265
Ivory Coast27,053,629
Niger25,130,817
Burkina Faso21,497,096
Mali20,855,735
Senegal17,196,301
Chad16,914,985
Guinea13,497,244
Rwanda13,276,513
Benin12,451,040
Burundi12,255,433
Belgium11,632,326
Haiti11,541,685
Switzerland8,715,494
Togo8,478,250
Republic Of The Congo5,657,013
Central African Republic4,919,981
Gabon2,278,825
Equatorial Guinea1,449,896
Djibouti1,002,187
Comoros888,451
Luxembourg634,814
Vanuatu314,464
Saint Lucia184,400
Seychelles98,908
Dominica72,167
Monaco39,511

French Speaking Countries | Francophone Countries