Religion in France

Fast Facts and Religious Adherent Statistics
Population 68,084,217 (#21 in world) (2021 est.)
Demonym noun: Frenchman(men), Frenchwoman(women)
adjective: French
Ethnic Groups Celtic and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African, Indochinese, Basque minorities
Religions Christian (overwhelmingly Roman Catholic) 63-66%, Muslim 7-9%, Buddhist 0.5-0.75%, Jewish 0.5-0.75%, other 0.5-1.0%, none 23-28% (2015 est.)
Christianity 64.5% (2015 est.)
Unaffiliated 25.5% (2015 est.)
Islam 8% (2015 est.)
Buddhism 0.63% (2015 est.)
Judaism 0.63% (2015 est.)

More than 25 percent of the French are nonbelievers or unaffiliated; among the religious, Roman Catholicism remains dominant by a wide margin. France is the homeland of the Protestant Reformer John Calvin, but Protestant Christianity remains a small minority.


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  2. France.” Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures Project.
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Title Religion in France
Last UpdatedFebruary 13, 2021
MLA Citation “Religion in France.” 13 Feb. 2021. Web. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021. <>