After the rise of the 16th century, when there was colonization of two countries, France and Belgium, at that time French was introduced in the new territories of Asia, Africa, and America. It is estimated that more than 235 million people speak the French language daily and that too fluently.
This language is the official language of twenty-nine countries, most of which are members of OIF short for Organization International de la Francophonie. It is spoken as the first language in France, Belgium, Canada, the United States, and Italy. These are some countries amongst others to name a few.
French replaced the Latin during the 17th century. It became the most important language of diplomacy and international relationships. With the rise of the 19th century, the French Government made it compulsory to teach French in the schools and use of any other language was highly restricted.
Surprisingly, the document which was written in French for the first time dates back to 842. Interesting fact – In French language the Grammar is greatly simplified. For Instance – Feminine and masculine gender is differentiated but they are not marked in the noun rather in the accompanying adjective or article.