Number of speakers:
51 million in France (ca 124 million total)
France, Canada, Belgium Switzerland,
Monaco, Luxembourg, many parts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas.
is an official language in 30 countries. Historically there were two
distinct dialects: langue d�o� l in northern France, and langue
d�oc in the south. the latter lives on in the current dialect of
Provence. Between the 18th century and World War I French was
the official language for international treaties.