Known for its magnificent architecture, remarkable museums and beautiful landscapes, France’s history dates back far beyond the Romans.
Though France remains historically and culturally Catholic, a quarter of the population consider themselves to be non-religious. Islam is on the rise; 10% of the population are now recognised to be Muslim. The country where Calvin was born has begun to lose its connection to Christianity.
In a land that made equality and fraternity the cry of its own revolution, separation and strife have led more recently to much spiritual struggle and need. But God is still moving in France.
We run Gap Year placements in two places in the south of France. In the Basque Country our team are based in a small village, building friendships with the local people. They support the work of an international church in Bayonne as well as a church plant among the surfing community in Hossegor. Marseille, a port city of over 850,000, is more than 30% Muslim. Increased immigration and high unemployment has led to challenging times; our team in the city are serving in a church that works amongst North Africans and a large Comoran community.