Lao in France





Largest Religion

Main Language


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

* 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

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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-04-22
People Name General Lao
People Name in Country Lao
Population in France 19,000
World Population 3,796,000
Countries 11
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
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
Affinity Bloc Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster Lao
People Name General Lao
Ethnic Code MSY49b
People ID 12989

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Lao (19,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Lao 19,000
For Primary Language: Lao

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1906-1967)
New Testament Yes   (1926-1973)
Complete Bible Yes   (1932)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Lao Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
The Hope Video Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
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 %
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