There are more French speakers than you might think. At the last count, some 265 million people in different countries in the world spoke French. As there are “only” 60 million people in France, that leaves a lot of other people to be accounted for.
Let’s start with the neighbors. Both Belgium and Switzerland have sizable French-speaking populations, naturally enough located in those parts of the country that are closest to the border with France. Apart from small differences in certain words and intonations, the French spoken in these countries is the same as that which is spoken in France.
Moving a little further a field, many parts of Africa are also French speaking. In terms of surface area, practically half of this large continent is concerned, which is not surprising when you look at the list of countries such as Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Senegal, Madagascar and so on. For many of these countries, French arrived with the French colonialists in the same way that English gained such a firm foothold in India.