Le Saviez-vous ?
French is a romance language spoken around the world by around 90 million people as a first language, by 190 million as a second language, and by about another 200 million people as an acquired foreign language, with significant speakers in 54 countries. Most native speakers of the language live in France where the language originated. The rest live essentially in Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, Francophone Africa, Luxembourg, and Monaco. Most second language speakers of French live in Francophone Africa, arguably exceeding the number of native speakers. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is the Francophone country with the largest population. It is an official language in 29 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.