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Approximately 90-100 million people speak French (as their first language). This includes the people of France, Quebec, countries in west Africa (which were former French colonies), and some islanders (in the Caribbean and in the Pacific).

Another 200 million speak French as a second language.
As of 2011, there are about 70 million native speakers, plus another 200 million who speak it as a second language.
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