Lao in France

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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 was 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 Laotians came to live in France. It was the better off people who tended to come to France. Laotians in France get on better here as more is known about their background. They are well educated and have a good work status. The Laotians in France have community centers and there are Laotian restaurants there too.

Where Are they Located?

Most Laotians live in Paris while some live in other French cities such as Marseille. The older generation among them like to speak in Lao but the newer generations tend to speak French.

What Are Their Beliefs?

There are Buddhist temples in France that the Laotians attend. Their main religion is Theravada Buddhism. They have their own traditional holidays.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Lao in France.

* The Laotian government once called Christianity public enemy number one. Pray that Laotians are not put off by this and that they are attracted to Jesus Christ and come to Him.
* Pray that Christian materials get to them and bring them to Salvation too.

References in france

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-04-22
Lao profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
People Name General Lao
People Name in Country Lao
Population this Country 19,000
Population all Countries 3,833,000
Total Countries 11
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
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
People ID 12989
ROP3 Code 105643
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 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)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Lao
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ລາວ - Lao
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
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 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
100.0 %
Photo Source Cambodia Research Network 
Profile Source Anonymous  
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