European French (French: français d'Europe, français européen) is the variety of French spoken in Europe in French speaking countries or areas.

In Europe, French is spoken by 71 million native speakers, making French the second most spoken native language in Europe after German and 210 million Europeans can speak French, making French the second most spoken language in Europe after English.[1]

Geographic distribution

Knowledge of French in the European Union and candidate countries[2]

Among varieties of European French:

See also


  1. ^ Europeans and their Languages Archived 6 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine, Data for EU27 Archived 29 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine, published in 2012.
  2. ^ EUROPA, data for EU25, published before 2007 enlargement.

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