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Profile : France

Region: Europe
Capital: Paris
Population: 66,836,154
Area: 543 965 sq km
GDP per capita: $30100.00
Religions: Roman Catholic 56.7%, No religion 25.2%, Muslim 8.6%
Languages: French

Description

Despite suffering extensive losses in World Wars 1 and 2 France today is one of the most advanced countries in the world and is a leader among European nations.

The economy is large and vibrant.

The French are well known for their strong sense of national identity. Hospitality is important but entertaining in the home involves extended family rather than friends. Socialising with friends is more likely to be done in restaurants as small apartments and kitchens can make cooking difficult.

Though children are important, economic and career factors mean many families opt to have only one child. French mothers ofen work outside the home, so children are placed in childcare from 2 1/2 years.

France remains historically and culturally Roman Catholic but there has been a decline in attendance at both Catholic and mainline Protestant churches. Evangelical Christians are few and scattered but have grown in number over the last 40 years.

France is home to the largest number of Muslims in Western Europe. Islam is now the second religion of France. Buddhism attracts many French people. Protestant Christians are often identified with 'sects', as extremists.

France has a strong principle of the separation of church and state. 'Conspicuous religious symbols' like Muslim veils and Christian crosses were banned from public schools in 2004, and a full ban on the public wearing of veils came into effect in 2011. It is difficult to speak publicly about faith in France, as 'religion' is thought best confined to the private sphere. There have been significant increases in the number of non-religious and non-practicing Christians.

Missionaries

Prayer Points

  • Pray for the work of France Missions, that the churches planted would grow and thrive.
  • Pray that the new GBU Relay apprentices throughout France will learn much about Word-based ministry and a godly lifestyle.
  • Pray for a French GBU regional coordinator to be raised up for the south-west of France over the next couple of years.
  • Pray for inspiration as French Christians dream up creative and exciting ways to share the gospel in a national that has given up on God.

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Category Opportunity Category Duration
Church Planting Church Planting - France Church Based Ministries Long Term

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