French, a Romance Language, is an official language in 29 countries across multiple continents and is spoken by almost 350 million people worldwide. Millions of people in France, Canada, Belgium, Africa, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, etc use it as a first or second language. It is estimated that the total number of French speakers will reach approximately 500 million by 2025 and around 700 million by 2050.
French is a primary or secondary language of many international organisations including the United Nations, the European Union, NATO, WTO, IOC, etc. In 2011, Bloomberg Business week ranked French as the third most useful language for Business after English and Chinese Mandarin..