The languages of France reflect the history of settlement of these people in various regions of France. According to 1999 Language Report of the French Government, there were as many as 75 languages in France that could qualify for recognition as Regional or Minority Languages. Most of the regional languages in France are from the same Indo-European language group as of French.
Almost all regional languages of France suffered due to French government policies prior to 1990's. In 1993, in a show of greater tolerance, the French government permitted state schools to teach regional languages. In 1999 Language Report, the French government identified 75 languages to be recognized under the proposed ratification of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. Occitan, also called the langue d'oc, is the most widely spoken regional language in southern France.