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Recognition of religion or belief in France

According to the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the French Republic (including Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Réunion and Mayotte) are classified receptive.

Recognition of religion or belief in France


  • The French government maintains relations with organisations representing Christianity, Islam and Judaism; overseas department and other French territories do not always follow the philosophy of laïcité.

  • There are two categories associations of worship and cultural associations; these two categories can be considered as two forms of legal registration; it does not seem currently that there exists procedures for existential recognition.

  • Associations of worship are strictly for conduct of religious practices while cultural associations are for conduct of both nonprofit and for profit activities; associations of worship are religious while cultural associations can be either religious or secular.

  • A relatively low membership quota exists in the city of Paris.

  • NRMs such as Scientology continue to face both social and governmental discrimination.

Positive elements:

  • Provisions have been put in place to deal with the ongoing issue of terrorism.


  • Ensure that the French government’s approach is to facilitate developments and religion and philosophy.

  • Establish a recognition agency independent of government for the ensuring that existential recognition is provided for; this should allow France to be classified as dynamic.

  • Provisions need to be put in place to ensure existential recognition is bestowed.

RoRB Topic
RoRB Compliance
RoRB Classification
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