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- Stats for France
The French speak even more directly than do Americans. French tend to be more informed and interested in art, philosophy, literature than Americans. Leaders tend to be paternalistic, taking care of their citizens like Caesar did. Parisians litter Metro tickets everywhere; They think it is the government’s job to clean up. French leaders are very suspicious of free markets and limited government intervention. French are more poly-chronic than the U.S. and think nothing of showing up late to a meeting.
Top 25 Stats
Total Population- 65.0 M (21st); Total Christians- 38.3 M (14th); Human Development Index- 20th; Internet Access- 85.75% (19th).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
French (69.5%); Other European (8.9%, not counting Germanic shown separately);North African/Middle Eastern (9.2%); Germanic (5.1%); African/Caribbean (4%, includes every Francophone nation, most West and Central African ethnic groups, and French Caribbean ethnicities); Asian (2%).
France has the 5th largest economy in the world, based on industry and agriculture. It is the number one tourist destination in the world, and has a strong services sector. France has good government services and professionals, but a complicated bureaucracy. France has a history of strikes for many reasons, going back to the French Revolution. Immigrant workers, often from Muslim countries, tend to clash with French values. With an aging population, complicated bureaucracy, and EU issues, France is at a crossroads.
History / Politics
French Revolution of 1789 changed the face of Europe and brought Napoleon to power. Since then, many revolutions in Europe have started in Paris or had had strong support there. France is a democratic republic and a core member (with Germany) of the European Union. This is the birthplace of the Enlightenment which has led people astray from the Gospel.
The Enlightenment has caused many to become secular even if superficially Catholics. Only about 51% of people in 2010 claimed to be Catholic; Only 10% own Bibles. Protestants comprised 25% of France centuries ago, but persecution almost eliminated them. Evangelicals grew from 180,000 (1960) to 600,000 (2010) and tend to be younger people. Many French hear Evangelical messages as coming from American right-wing politics. Formation of the National Council of Evangelicals in 2001 helped unify evangelicals. The culture is hard for foreign missionaries to adapt to; Being French is almost a religion. Islam is increasing in France primarily through immigration and high birthrates.
Pray that material comfort will no longer pull the people away from the Gospel. Pray that Catholics in France will experience revival and have a relationship with Christ. Pray that evangelical plans to start churches all over France will be successful. Pray for outreach to Jews, Muslims, North Africans, and Black Africans in France.