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French Language

French is also an official or administrative language in several communities and international organisations (such as the European Union, International Olympic Committee, World Trade Organization, NATO, FINA, FIA, FIFA, World Anti-Doping Agency, United Nations, African Union, International Court of Justice, IHO, Internation Secretariat for Water, International Association of Political Science, International Bureau of Weights and Measures, European Broadcasting Union, ESA, Universal Postal Union, Interpol and so on) and among the six official and the two working languages of the United Nations and of all its agencies.

France mandates the use of French in official government publications, public education outside of specific cases (though these dispositions are often ignored) and legal contracts; advertisements must bear a translation of foreign words.

French has diferent regional varieties as:
  • Acadian French
  • African French
  • Aostan French
  • Belgian French
  • Cajun French
  • Canadian French
  • Cambodian French
  • Metropolitan French
  • Français-germanique
  • Indian French
  • Jersey Legal French
  • Lao French
  • Levantine French
  • Maghreb French
  • Meridional French
  • New Caledonian French
  • Newfoundland French
  • North American French
  • Oceanic French
  • Quebec French
  • South East Asian French
  • Swiss French
  • Vietnamese French
  • West Indian French
    And derived Languages:
  • Antillean Creole
  • Haitian Creole
  • Lanc-Patuá
  • Mauritian Creole
  • Michif
  • Louisiana Creole French
  • Réunionese Creole
  • Seychellois Creole
  • Tay Boi
French grammar shares several notable features with most other Romance languages, including:

  • the loss of Latin's declensions
  • only two grammatical genders
  • the development of grammatical articles from Latin demonstratives
  • new tenses formed from auxiliaries

    French word order is Subject Verb Object, except when the object is a pronoun, in which case the word order is Subject Object Verb. Some rare archaisms allow for different word orders.