French is a Romance language spoken in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and in various regions of the world. More specifically, it is used by around 350 million people as either a native or a second language. French is a descendant of the Latin of the Roman Empire. French is the mother tongue of about 6.7 million Canadians. While most native French speakers in Canada live in Quebec, where it is the majority language, about one million native francophones live in other provinces of the country. While French has the status of one of Canada's two official languages at the federal government level, English is the native language of the majority of Canadians. The federal government operates in both languages.

Map of French-Canadian language speakers.
Map of French-Canadian language speakers.

Basic stats

Total speakers: 6.7 million in Canada

Main Countries: generally, French is spoken in France, Canada, in several regions in Africa, Europe, Americas, Pacific, Asia

Alternate names: Français

ISO 639-3 Code: fra

Language Sample

Tous les êtres humains naissent libres et égaux en dignité et en droits. Ils sont doués de raison et de conscience et doivent agir les uns envers les autres dans un esprit de fraternité.

(Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1)

Some proverbs in French:

Autre temps, autres moeurs
Other days, other ways

Bon repas doit commencer par la faim
Hunger is the best spice

Chose promise, chose due
Thing promised, thing owed

Product Availability

The following products are currently available in French:

  • For Consumers

(Coming soon)


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