French (la langue française) is one of the official working languages of the UN, the European and African Unions, the Council of Europe, NATO and NAFTA. French is the official language of a large number of other international organisations and one of the most studied foreign languages. Around 270 million people are able to communicate freely in French.
French is an official language not only in France, Canada, Belgium, Luxemburg and other European countries, but also in more than 20 African countries and many other states.
Despite the fact that there are many regional languages in France, 92% of the population consider French to be their native tongue.
You will probably be surprised to learn that French is an official language in one of the allied territories that go to make up India – Pudicherry.