Fon in France

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Introduction / History

The Fon are a large people group. Their ancestors were with the 17th century Dahomey kingdom. Today the Fon are related to the Aja people, whom they broke away from during a dispute regarding the secession of a king.

In the 1700s the slave trade was prominent in the parts of West Africa where the Fon live. They were both victims and victimizers. Some Fon people were captured and enslaved while others did the same to other tribes.

Starting in the 1800s, France had extensive colonial holdings in much of West Africa. Those areas included places where the Fon people lived. When France lost her colonies after WWII and they needed help rebuilding, Africans were often allowed to come to France. Fon and other peoples came to France, and they live there to this day.

Most live in Benin, but they also live in Gabon, Ghana and Togo. Some have migrated to France or Canada.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Many of the Fon in France hold low-paying jobs and they live in places where others will not go. There is much segregation in France’s urban centers. Typically, sub-Saharan African peoples live together, so the Maninka groups have regular contact with people from other ethnic and linguistic backgrounds.

Other Africans have a good education and they have found high paying jobs in France, the United States and other Western nations.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Officially the Fon people are Christian. Like other Christians in West Africa, their version of Christianity is clouded by animistic practices.

What Are Their Needs?

There are some believers among them. Prayer is the first step towards seeing a full movement to Christ among this people group.

Prayer Points

Pray for Fon leaders to open the door to Christ's ambassadors.

Pray for the Lord to thrust out Holy Spirit anointed workers among the Fon people.

Pray for a powerful disciple making movement among every Fon community in Africa and the West.

Scripture Prayers for the Fon in France.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Fon
People Name in Country Fon
Alternate Names Dahomean; Fo; Fogbe; Kotafon
Population this Country 19,000
Population all Countries 2,399,000
Total Countries 6
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 11222
ROP3 Code 103041
ROP25 Code 302433
ROP25 Name Fon
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: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
70.00 %
Ethnic Religions
20.00 %
0.00 %
5.00 %
5.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Fon (19,000 speakers)
Language Code fon   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Fon (19,000 speakers)
Language Code fon   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Fon

Primary Language:  Fon

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1967)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1994)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2011-2014)
FCBH NT ( Online
YouVersion NT ( Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories Story Runners
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Fon Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Walking with Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Fon YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Fon YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Children and youth resources One Hope
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Fon Literacy & Evangelism International
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
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Profile Source Joshua Project 
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