Lebanese people in France

Lebanese people in France
Total population
(225,000[1] - 250,000[2])
Regions with significant populations
Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux , Strasbourg, Nice, etc.
French, Lebanese Arabic
Shia Islam, Sunni Islam, Maronite Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Melkite Catholic

Lebanese people in France include migrants from Lebanon to France, as well as their descendants.


Although there has been sporadic migration from the Middle East to France since the 17th century, the real growth of the French Lebanese population began in 1975, with the start of the civil war in Lebanon which drove thousands of people away. No concrete data exists on the religious affiliations; however, it is commonly assumed that Maronite Christians and Shia Muslims make up the majority of the Lebanese population in France. In comparison to the Arab Maghrebis' socio-economic difficulties, the Lebanese community is very well integrated into the mainstream French society, regardless of religious affiliation.

Notable people

See List of Lebanese people in France

See also


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