Bible Baptist Church

" Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." ...... John 3:3

    BBC Missionaries in France   

  • Tim Knickerbocker

  • Jeremie and Damaris Dodeler
  • Pete Knickerbocker

  • About France *

  • Background: Although ultimately a victor in World Wars I and II, France suffered extensive losses in its empire, wealth, manpower, and rank as a dominant nation-state. Nevertheless, France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. Since 1958, it has constructed a presidential democracy resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier parliamentary democracies. In recent years, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of the euro in January 2002. At present, France is at the forefront of European states seeking to exploit the momentum of monetary union to advance the creation of a more unified and capable European defense and security apparatus.
    • Area:    Total:   547,030 sq km

      Land:   545,630 sq km
      note: includes only metropolitan France; excludes the overseas administrative divisions

      Water:   1,400 sq km

    • Area - comparative:
      Slightly less than twice the size of Colorado

    • Government Type:   Republic

    • Capital:   Paris

  • Independence:    486 (unified by Clovis)

  • Population:   84,619,974 (July 2003 est.)

  • Ethnic groups:   Celtic and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African, Indochinese, Basque minorities

  • Religions:   Roman Catholic 83%-88%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 5%-10%, unaffiliated 4%
  • Disputes - International: Madagascar claims Bassas da India, Europa Island, Glorioso Islands, and Juan de Nova Island; Comoros claims Mayotte; Mauritius claims Tromelin Island; territorial dispute between Suriname and French Guiana; territorial claim in Antarctica (Adelie Land); Matthew and Hunter Islands, east of New Caledonia, claimed by France and Vanuatu.

  • * Based on CIA-The World Factbook