The French language is the 3th most spoken language in Europe. The fact that the language of love is spoken by 80 million people as their native tongue and by 190 million as a second language proves that French is an international language. France itself has 60 million native French speakers, therefore is the country with the largest francophone community in the world. Besides, the French language was born in France. However, more than half of French speakers do not live in France, but in Africa.
Nothing less than 29 countries in three continents have French as an official language. Most countries in which French is spoken are former French colonies. Also, the French language is the second most important language for communication in international relations, (in the UN and the EU), according to the number of countries using it as the official language.