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History of French
Quick Reference
  ·  Official Language
France, Luxembourg, Haiti and more than 15 African countries. One of the official languages of Belgium, Switzerland and Canada
  ·  Common 2nd language of
Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Lebanon, Syria, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam
  ·  Number of Speakers
Mother tongue of 75 million - many more speak it as a second language
  ·  Origin
A Romance language descended from Latin
  ·  Alphabet & Scripts
Roman alphabet
French is one of the world's great languages, rivalled only by English as the language of international society and diplomacy.

Besides in France itself, French can be heard in several other European countries, widely throughout Africa, and also in various dependencies. In addition, it is the unofficial second language of Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, and many others.

It is the mother tongue of about 75 million people, with millions more familiar with it as a second language.

French is one of the romance languages, descended from Latin. A number of dialects initially emerged but history favoured the North and Parisian French gained ascendancy over the others.

In the 17th - 19th Centuries French was pre-eminent as an international language, though it has been eclipsed by English in the 20th.

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