French is a language spoken originally in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland. French as a foreign language is the second most frequently taught language in the world after English. Along with English, it is perhaps the most used language in the European Commission. In addition, a great number of words were borrowed from French that are now widely used by English speakers.
French is also an official administrative language in several communities and international organizations. French is an official language in 29 countries, most of which are members of the community of French-speaking countries. It is spoken as a first language in France, the Canadian province of Quebec, the region of Wallonia in Belgium, western Switzerland, Monaco, certain parts of Canada and the United States, and by various communities elsewhere. French is the fourth most widely spoken mother tongue in the European Union.