Lao in France

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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

There are more Laotians in France than in any other country except Laos itself. There were people from Laos living in France before the Laotian civil war which stretched from 1953 to 1975. Laos used to be a French colony and there were Laotian people living in France early last century. Laotian workers came to France at this time and Laotian students came to study as well. When the Vietnamese began to rule Laos after the Vietnam War, many more fled to France.
Most Laotians live in Paris while some live in other French cities such as Marseille. The older generation among them prefer to speak Lao but the younger generations tend to speak French.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Laotians in France are usually well educated and they are known to be hard workers. Laotians often work such long hours that they neglect their families. They have their own community centers and Laotian restaurants where they come together to socialize. Buddhist festivals are also times for them to “be Laotian” in France.
Because the ethnic Laotians have successfully settled in France, they often help members of other ethnic communities who have recently arrived.
They are more likely to participate in the politics of Laos than those of France. France’s Laotian community is strongly anti-communist.

What Are Their Beliefs?

There are Buddhist temples in France that the Laotians attend. Their main religion is Theravada Buddhism. They have their own Buddhist holidays. There is also a small Roman Catholic community among the Lao in France. The Laotians are well-established in France. For that reason, they are past that stage when people are willing to consider making spiritual changes.

Prayer Points

Pray for God to do a miracle and get through to the Buddhist Lao people in France.
Pray for Lao disciples to make more disciples in France and other European countries.
Pray for them to have the spiritual hunger it takes to seek and find the only savior.

Scripture Prayers for the Lao in France.

References in France

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Lao
People Name in Country Lao
Pronunciation lao
Alternate Names Eastern Thai; Lào; Lao Boc; Lao Noi; Lao Wiang; Lao-Lu; Lao-Noi; Laotian Tai; Laotian Thai; Lum Lao; Phou Lao; Rong Kong; Tai Lao; Ts'un Lao
Population this Country 19,000
Population all Countries 4,008,000
Total Countries 11
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 12989
ROP3 Code 105643
ROP25 Code 304598
ROP25 Name Lao
Country France
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country France
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
57.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
33.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
7.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Lao (19,000 speakers)
Language Code lao   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Lao (19,000 speakers)
Language Code lao   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Lao

Primary Language:  Lao

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1906-1967)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1926-1973)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1932-2012)
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YouVersion NT ( Online
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Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Lao Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
General Zume Resources Zume Project
General Zume Training Zume Project
Mobile App Android Bible app: Lao YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Lao YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Lao Literacy & Evangelism International
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations Campus Crusade for Christ
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
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