French Peruvian

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French Peruvian
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Total population
(355,000 [1])
Regions with significant populations
Callao, Lima, Trujillo, Arequipa , Ica
Spanish, French
Roman Catholicism

A French-Peruvian (French: français-péruvien; Spanish: franco-peruano) is a Peruvian citizen of French ancestry; a French of Peruvian descent or a person of both French and Peruvian descent. The French were the fourth largest group of immigrants to settle in the country after the Spanish, Italians, and the Germans.[2]


In 1872, the Sociedad de Inmigración Europea ("European Immigration Society") was founded in Peru. Its objective was promoting Old World immigration by covering the costs of their journeys and financially supporting them during their first settler years in Peru.

The regions where most of the French immigrants originated from were Bordeaux, Paris, as well as the French portion of the Basque Country.[3] They mostly interacted with fellow French immigrants, and they were usually relatively skilled at a trade. Initially the community was united, but as time passed many intermarried with Peruvians from other European backgrounds. Very few French-Peruvians can trace their ancestry.

French Peruvian institutions and associations[edit]


  1. ^ Erwin Dopf. "Inmigración francesa al Perú". Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  2. ^ "Los franceses en el Perú del siglo XIX". 22 May 2011. Archived from the original on 28 May 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Inmigración francesa al Perú". 2007. Archived from the original on 28 May 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2012.