French is the first language of 77 million people, according to About.com. It has another 51 million second-language speakers, making it the second most commonly learned language in the world.
Millions of students have either learned or are in the process of learning French globally. The actual number ranges from 100 to 110 million at any given time. There are 33 countries that list French as an official language. The language is taught in every country of the world.
Several international organizations use French as an official language, including Amnesty International, the African Union, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent, and the North American Free Trade Agreement.