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largest number of countries where it is an official language


most widely spoken mother tongue in Europe


most widely spoken language in the world

Professional French Translation Services

At Translate UK we provide a professional French translation services, as well as French interpreters. As one of the most widely spoken languages on the globe French is vital for communicating with a wide variety of people around the worldwide.


Million French Speakers Worldwide

Million French Native Language Speakers

Millions French Second Language Speakers

French Speaking Countries

French Language History

French is an Indo-European language and part of the Romance subgroup that descended the Vulgar Latin spoken during the Roman Empire. Originally the result of Latin and Gaulish languages coexisting in close proximity it was later influenced by the Celtic and Frankish languages.

Though it was once limited to France and southern Belgium, overseas expansion led to French becoming one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. Today, Paris has the largest number of french speakers (12.2 million) but it is closely followed my many countries across the world including Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (9.0 million), Abidjan in the Ivory Coast (7.1 million), Montreal in Canada (3.8 million) and Port-au-Prince in Haiti (2.5 million).

French is a Global Language

In 2015 Europe contained 40% of all French speakers, with 35% living sub-Saharan Africa, 15% in North Africa and the Middle East, 8% in the Americas and 1% in Asia and Oceania. The widespread nature of French has resulted in many regional dialects as well as French-based creole languages. We understand the importance of using linguists who are familiar with the local varieties, in order to ensure an accurate translation.

French is widely used as a lingua franca to bridge language gaps and is often learnt as a second or third language. It is used frequently in international diplomacy and trade and is one of three working languages of the European Union. This makes it an ideal language to use for marketing materials, technical instructions or medical instruction as it can be widely understood beyond its many native speakers.

Sector Specific Services

At Translate UK  we can provide French translators or interpreters for a range of dialects. We can also provide additional support for certain sectors by providing them with linguists who have specialised in a specific field. Our linguists are required to keep up to date with specific industry terminology and requirements. This allows us to provide a more customised and supportive service. To learn more about our specialist sectors select one from below.

French Translation Service

We can provide translations to and from French for any document, no matter how large or small. We have been providing document translations for fifteen years, from letters and reports to patient records and certificates, there isn’t much our experienced team haven’t seen. All of our translators are qualified and vetted by us, and many are DPSI qualified or registered with the ITI or CIOL.

French Legal Document Translation

We can provide French translations for any document which is to be used in a legal setting. We have an in-house legal expert with almost 20 years’ experience as a solicitor and are acutely aware of the importance of accuracy and reliability when it comes to the translation of legal documents. 

On top of this, each of our legal translators has a specialist focus in law, having worked in or completed training specific to the legal sector. We ensure that all of our legal translators are up to date with the current terminology both in the UK and in their native language to guarantee a quality translation with no mistakes. 

French Technical Document Translation

We can provide French translations for technical or scientific documents. This includes journal literature, operation manuals, safety instructions, patents and technical drawings. We know how important it is to have precise, accurate and consistent translations of technical documents, so all our translations are done by experts in the field .

We ensure all of our linguists to stay up to date on the specialised terminology used in their field and for ongoing projects we’ll try to assign the same translator where possible so that they can become familiar with your company terminology and vocabulary.  

Secure and Confidential 

At Translate UK confidentiality is of the upmost importance to us and we are careful to act in complete compliance with GDPR regulations. Each of our linguists signs a confidentiality agreement before undertaking any work for us and we only ever send documents via secure email.

French Interpreting Service

In addition to our French translation service we can also provide French speaking interpreters. All our interpreters are qualified experienced professionals with relevant post-graduate qualifications and membership of professional linguistic associations. We are well equipped to provide interpreters at short notice and we have even provided linguists for the same day.

Face to Face French Interpreters

Our face to face French interpreters work to facilitate communication between individuals who speak French and those who speak English, in order to provide them with equal access to all of the services they might need. We recommend face to face interpreting where a conversation is necessary, including complex and sensitive situations where information is best delivered in person. 

Remote French Interpreters

We understand that it is not always possible to use a face to face interpreter, so we also provide a remote interpreting service. Our French speaking remote interpreters can be contacted through a variety of platforms according to your business needs. This includes over-the-phone and a complimentary conference call service. They can also be contacted through video call platforms including Zoom and Skype.

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