The Presbyterian Church in Ireland's has a relationship with the John Calvin Faculty, located near the south coast of France.

Paris, the capital city of France, has a population of 2.2 million, out of a total population of 64.7 million and the main language spoken is French.

France is a country where freedom of religion and freedom of thought are guaranteed by virtue of the 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. Roman Catholicism, the religion of a majority of French people, is no longer the state religion that it was throughout the 19th century. A long history of violent conflict between groups led the state to break its ties to the Catholic Church early in the 1800s and adopt a strong commitment to maintaining a totally secular public sector.

Major religions in France include Catholicism, Islam, Judaism, various branches of Protestantism, Hinduism, Russian Orthodoxy, Armenian Christianity, and Sikhism amongst others, making it a multi confessional country. While millions in France continue to attend religious services regularly, the overall observance is considerably lower than in the past.

According to the Eurobarometer Poll conducted in 2010, 27% of French citizens responded that "they believe there is a God", 33% answered that "they believe there is some sort of spirit or life force, and 40% answered that "they do not believe there is any sort of spirit, God, or life force". This makes France one of the more secular countries in the world.

The current composition of religions in France is: Catholic 83%-88%; Muslim 5%-10%; Protestant 2%; Jewish 1%.

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