Lebanese people in France
|275,000 - 300,000|
|Regions with significant populations|
|Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux , Strasbourg, Nice, etc.|
|French, Lebanese Arabic|
|90% Maronite Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Melkite Catholic,10% Shia Islam, Sunni Islam|
The Lebanese population in France is estimated to be from 225,000 to 250,000 people. During the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990), the Lebanese population in France was believed to be approximately 200,000 people.
Although there has been sporadic migration from the Middle East to France since the 17th century, the real growth of the French Lebanese population began in 1975, with the start of the civil war in Lebanon which drove thousands of people away. No concrete data exists on the religious affiliations; however, it is commonly assumed that Maronite Christians and Shia Muslims make up the majority of the Lebanese population in France.