French is a Romance language belonging to the Indo-European language family. The French language has a very rich history covering both political and diplomatic fields as well as art and literature. It is regarded by some as one of the world's great languages and was the 'lingua franca' immediately preceding English.
In total some 75 million people speak French as their first language - but there are many additional speakers of French as a second language.
As a mother language French is spoken in several countries in Europe, principally France, Belgium, and Switzerland - but the language is also widely known and used in Africa - especially in north Africa in Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Tunisia - in total there are more than 15 African countries where French is spoken.
French is also one of the languages that migrated with the old world to the new - so it is an official language of Canada alongside English.
French uses the Latin alphabet with the addition of 5 accents. It is these accents which represent the greatest challenge for the French search marketer - particularly since the French keyboard means these are not immediately accessible to the searcher who frequently omits the accent.
Google is the most popular search engine for French speakers, with around 95% market share.
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