Attributed to Charles V (1500 - 1558)
Belgian-born Spanish monarch
French is a Romanic language oftentimes also referred as Romance language. Mainly spoken by the people of France, French has more than 128 million speakers in approximately 54 countries of the world. French is a progeny of the Latin language of the Roman Empire, as are languages such as Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Catalan and Romanian. Its growth was also prejudiced by the native Celtic languages of Roman Gaul and by the Germanic language of the post-Roman Frankish invaders.