French is an official languages for 170 million people and is the fourth most widely spoken mother tongue in the European Union. Of Europeans who speak other languages natively, one-fifth are able to speak French as a second language and is the second most taught foreign language in the EU.

French is one of the primary working languages, In European countries. The European Union’s Institutions are based in French-speaking areas: Brussels, Strasbourg, Luxembourg.

French is a primary or second language of many international organisations (UN, NATO, Doctors Without Borders, etc.) and so thousands of executives, officials and military in different parts of the world learn to speak French.