French for France
French is the native language of the majority of the population of France. Apart from France, there are several other countries where one can find French speakers. One of the main reasons for this fact is that French is an official language is more than 25 countries in the world. Out of the 150 million plus French speaking people in the world, more than 60% have settled in France.
Other countries where the rest of the French speaking population is distributed include but are not limited to: the United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, The Channel Islands, Belgium, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Benin, Chad, Madagascar, Niger, Djibouti, Central African Republic, Comoros, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Monaco, Mali, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of the Congo, Seychelles, Switzerland, Senegal, Lebanon, Rwanda, Togo, Guinea and Vanuatu.
French speaking population of the United Kingdom
The French speaking population in the United Kingdom is estimated to be several millions. Many Huguenots immigrated from France to the United Kingdom during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in order to save themselves from persecution.
This French speaking population today is concentrated mainly in London and South East England. This French population consists of students and businessmen.
Companies doing business in France should be aware that French people are highly concerned about preserving their mother language. Therefore, a professional French translation is a must for a product or a service to be properly introduced to the French markets.