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
1Dr Congo92,377,993
2France65,426,179
3Canada38,067,903
4Madagascar28,427,328
5Cameroon27,224,265
6Ivory Coast27,053,629
7Niger25,130,817
8Burkina Faso21,497,096
9Mali20,855,735
10Senegal17,196,301
11Chad16,914,985
12Guinea13,497,244
13Rwanda13,276,513
14Benin12,451,040
15Burundi12,255,433
16Belgium11,632,326
17Haiti11,541,685
18Switzerland8,715,494
19Togo8,478,250
20Republic Of The Congo5,657,013
21Central African Republic4,919,981
22Gabon2,278,825
23Equatorial Guinea1,449,896
24Djibouti1,002,187
25Comoros888,451
26Luxembourg634,814
27Vanuatu314,464
28Saint Lucia184,400
29Seychelles98,908
30Dominica72,167
31Monaco39,511

French Speaking Countries | Francophone Countries