Maghreb French

French is an administrative language and commonly used, though not on an official basis, in the Maghreb states of Mauritania, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.

The language was introduced to the region during French colonial rule in the 19th and 20th centuries. The majority of the population in the Maghreb speaks either a Semitic Arabic vernacular or a Berber language natively. Classical Arabic, spoken natively by no one, is the official language of all the Maghreb states.