Mastering Malay will take from you 36 hours or 900 weeks in a class according to FSI. Difficulty category for mastering it is evaluated - point.
Learning French might seem like a overwhelming thing to do. FSI has concluded that it takes 575-600 hours or 23-24 weeks in a class to learn the language. The difficulty point is 1.
You will most likely find people, who speaks Malay in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, and East Timor, Parts of Thailand.
Number of native speakers is about 77,000,000.
Number of fluent speakers is about 300,000,000. The biggest country in which Malay is used as a native language is Malaysia.
Native speakers of French are mostly from France and are about 66,000,000 people.
French are spoken fluently by 26,000,000 people.
The language is spoken in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Canada, Haiti, Martinique Guadeloupe, French colonies in Africa and in the islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Algeria, Tunis, Morocco, Italy (Aosta Valley), French Polynesia, Gabon, Lebanon, New Caledonia, Réunion,Equatorial Guinea, Benin, Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti,Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mauritius, Monaco, Tunisia, Andorra, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Guadelupe, Mali, Martinique, Niger, Rwanda, Seychelles, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, French Guiana, Guinea.
Malay came from Malayo-Polynesian branch of the Austronesian language family.
Romance branch of the Indo-European language family is the origin of French language.