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RELIGION IN FRANCE France has traditionally been a Catholic country and today approximately 80% of the population of France ascribe, at least nominally, to the Catholic religion. In reality, however, France is a deeply secular country which has seen the role of organized religion in the lives of people in France diminish ever since the revolutions in in1780 and 1804. Many French people who are counted as belonging to the Catholic religion have not been. The vast majority of Catholics in France do not attend church regularly or even at all. The Catholic Church in France is viewed as quite progressive and keeping in step with the changes that living in modern society brings. The former Archbishop of Paris since 1981, Jean Marie, was born to Jewish parents in Paris in 1926 and converted to the Catholic religion at the age of 14.