- There are an estimated 274 million French speakers worldwide.
- An estimated 7.7 million of Canadians reported French as their mother tongue in 2011, a number that increased from 7.4 million in 2006, even though the proportion of the overall Canadian population decreased slightly in the same period.*
- French is the 9th most widely spoken language on the planet and the only one, together with English, to be spoken on all five continents.
- French is the 3rd most widely used language on the Web with 5% of Internet pages, after English (45%) and German (7%) and ahead of Spanish (4.5%).
- With 18.9% of world exports and 19% of world imports, French-speaking countries account for 19% of world trade in goods
- In the European Union, French is the 2nd most widely spoken mother tongue (16%) after German (23%) and ahead of English (15.9%)
- In the European Union, French is the 2nd most widely spoken foreign language (19%) after English (41%) and ahead of German (10%) and Spanish (7%).
- French is spoken in over 40 countries and territories around the world:
- Burkina Faso
- Central African Republic
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Equatorial Guinea
- Ivory Coast
- Republic of the Congo
In the Americas:
- French Guyana
- Saint-Pierre and Miquelon
- French Polynesia
- New Caledonia
- Wallis and Futuna