French

France is a country in Western Europe and its capital city is Paris. France is known for its culture, its many monuments and structures, and places such as the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Giverny, Mont Saint Michel, Versailles, and Notre Dame de Paris. France is divided into 22 régions. Due to its shape, it is often referred to in French as l’Hexagone ("The Hexagon").

The official language of France is French , a Romance language derived from Latin. Besides French, there exist 77 vernacular minority languages of France, eight spoken in French metropolitan territory and 69 in the French overseas territories.

French is an official language in 29 countries, most of which forms la francophonie (in French), the community of French-speaking countries. It is an official language of all United Nations agencies and a large number of international organizations.

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