French (français, fʁɑ̃sɛ) is spoken around the world by between 72 and 130 million people as a native language, and by between 190 and 600 million people as a second language, with significant populations of speakers in 54 countries. Most native speakers of the language live in France, where the language originated. The rest live in Canada, Belgium, or one of the other 54 countries in which it is spoken.
French is a descendant of the Latin language of the Roman Empire, as are languages such as Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Catalan and Romanian. Its development was also influenced by the native Celtic languages of Roman Gaul and by the Germanic language of the post-Roman Frankish invaders.
It is an official language in 31 countries, most of which form what is called in French "La Francophonie": the community of French-speaking nations. It is an official language of all United Nations agencies and a large number of international organizations.
The French Language Division coordinates and focuses studies on the French language. The division is composed of various departments that each offer free and open-source courses. These courses are created and taught by volunteer teachers. Everyone is permitted and encouraged to teach and learn at the French Language Division. We hope this can be a place for many people to explore and appreciate the French language and the culture of the French people. Make sure to register at the French stream.
The French Language Division is organizational and bureaucratic and the French Language Department is educational. In addition to the French division and department, we offer a few other departments related to the French language.
If you believe an additional department of the French language should be added to the division, discuss it first at the Department Talk Page.
The following are staff members at the French Language Division. Staff members actively contribute and maintain the division, departments, and courses. They are fluent or proficient in French, and available to help students in the division.