Arabs in France

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Arabs in France
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Total population
Regions with significant populations
Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Montpelier, Toulouse
French, Arabic
Major Sunni Islam, Shia Islam
Minority Roman Catholicism, Orthodox Christianity, Judaism, Agnosticism, Others
Related ethnic groups
Arabs in Europe, Arabs

Arabs in France are people of Arab descent living in France.


French people of Arab origin (predominantly from Maghreb but also some from Mashreq areas of the Arab world) in France forms the second largest ethnic group after French people of European origin.

There are no official figures concerning the demographic of French people of Arab descent because ethnic statistics are forbidden in France.[1]

Most of the Arabs have settled during the period of French economic growth during the 60s and the early 70s, but many immigrants in this period managed to bring to France their family after 1973. They have settled mainly in the industrial regions in France, especially in the Paris region but also in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Languedoc-Roussillon, Alsace, Rhône-Alpes and Corsica.


Many French people have Maghrebi ancestry since the Arabs in France are predominantly Maghrebis.


Many famous French people like Éric Besson, Carlos Ghosn, Jacques Saadé, Élie Aboud, Abdel Rahman El Bacha, Antoine Sfeir, Philippe Aractingi, Andrée Chedid, Matthieu Chedid, RAmez, Henri Jibrayel, and Reem Acra are of Lebanese ancestry, both Christian and Muslim background since Lebanon is 59% Muslim and 41% Christian.

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  1. ^ France's ethnic minorities: To count or not to count. The Economist (2009-03-26). Retrieved on 2013-07-12.