The Francophone World | Europe, Africa, Americas

French is spoken as an official or de facto language in many countries across the globe, known as the "Francophone world". As you can see from the map above, French has a presence in every continent of the world, but is most present in Europe, Africa, and North America. There is a worldwide organization that represents the Francophone countries and those countries closely aligned with French culture, called The International Organisation of La Francophonie.

1. Official Language
French is an official language in 29 countries across the globe: Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Condo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, France, Gabon, Guinea, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mali, Monaco, Niger, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Switzerland, Togo, and Vanuatu.

2. Cultural/Administrative
French has a notable presence (either culturally or in governmental operations) in the following countries: Algeria, Cambodia, Laos, Lebanon, Morocco, Mauritius, Mauritania, Tunisia, USA (notably Louisiana and Maine), and Vietnam.