French in Korea, South

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Introduction / History

In the 4th century AD, Gaul's eastern frontier along the Rhine was overrun by Germanic tribes, principally the Franks, from whom the ancient name of "Francie" was derived. The Franks were the first tribe among the Germanic conquerors of Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire to convert to Catholicism. France obtained the title "Eldest daughter of the Church," and the French would adopt this as justification for calling themselves "the Most Christian Kingdom of France."

Existence as a separate entity began with the Treaty of Verdun in 843. Charlemagne's Carolingian Empire was divided into East, Middle, and West Francia. West Francia approximated the area occupied by modern France and was the precursor to modern France. The Carolingian dynasty ruled France until 987, when Hugh Capet, Duke of France and Count of Paris, was crowned King of France. His descendants progressively unified the country through a series of wars and dynastic inheritance.

The monarchy reached its height during the 17th century during the reign of Louis XIV. At this time, France possessed the largest population in Europe and had tremendous influence over European politics, economy and culture. French became the common language of diplomacy in international affairs and remained thus until the 20th century. Much of the Age of Enlightenment occurred in French intellectual circles, and major scientific breakthroughs were achieved by French scientists in the 18th century.

In addition, France obtained many overseas possessions in the Americas, Africa, and Asia. France maintained colonial possessions, in various forms, beginning early in the 17th century and lasting until the 1960s. Their once vast colonial holdings meant that they now live in many parts of Africa and Southeast Asia. Today, the French live not only in their own country, but over 100 others as well. That includes South Korea.

The first French people in Korea went as Catholic missionaries in the 1600s. Most French missionaries came to Korea after 1886 when the two countries began official diplomatic relations.

Today the French live mostly in the Seorae Village in Seoul's Seocho-gu district.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The French have made their mark in South Korea through acting and modeling. There is only one or two French-language schools in South Korea.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Approximately one-half of the French population consider themselves to be Roman Catholic and one-third consider themselves agnostic or atheist. Many have adopted New Age spirituality.

What Are Their Needs?

The French are considered "post-Christian" by many Evangelical theologians. No matter where they live, the French need to meet people who demonstrate biblical Christianity in their everyday lives to understand why they need Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

Pray for God to send loving laborers to the French people no matter where they live.

Pray for workers who understand the French mindset and have the discernment how to approach them with the gospel.

Pray that soon there will be French people who love the Lord discipling others who will disciple others.

Pray for the French to turn their backs on New Age spiritual answers and recognize the lordship of Jesus Christ.

Scripture Prayers for the French in Korea, South.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General French
People Name in Country French
Alternate Names Franco-Mauritian Mulatto; Metropolitan
Population this Country 5,400
Population all Countries 50,635,000
Total Countries 113
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 11234
ROP3 Code 103059
ROP25 Code 302445
ROP25 Name French

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
68.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
4.00 %
28.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language French (5,400 speakers)
Language Code fra   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language French (5,400 speakers)
Language Code fra   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking French

Primary Language:  French

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1483-1989)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1474-1990)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1478-2020)
FCBH NT ( Online
YouVersion NT ( Online
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Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, complete Bible DAVAR Partners International
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories Story Runners
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus film: view in French Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rivka video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rock International: King of Glory Rock International
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
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 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 Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
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