The Hindu community in France
consists of some long-time residents and many recent immigrants. Although Hinduism
does not constitute a large proportion of the population it appears to be growing rapidly; the current Hindu population of France is 121,312, 0.2% of the nation's population, up from an estimated 50,000 in 1993
It is the third largest in Europe, after those of the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
Notable French Hindus
French people who were Hindus or were influenced by Hinduism include Victor Cousin, Alexandra David-Néel, Paul Gaugin, René Guénon, Jules Michelet, Mirra Richard, Romain Rolland, Satprem, Paul Verlaine, and Voltaire.
Hinduism in French overseas territories
- "How Hinduism Fares in Europe " in Hinduism Today International (Aug., 1993, Vol. 15, No. 8)