More than 330 million people worldwide speak the French language. It is the third most-spoken language in Europe, after German and English. People throughout the world speak French. In addition to France, French is the official language in many nations including Belgium, Rwanda, Switzerland, Cameroon, Madagascar, and Canada. Modern French is a conglomeration of influences; more than 120 languages contributed to the French language. About 2,500 words were borrowed from the English language.
Salem Press Encyclopedia, 2020. 2p.