Now France is still a radically secular place...and all signs are not great, but this indeed is encouraging. If the gospel is revived on the continent of Europe, there may yet be hope for those lands. If not...the minaret shall ever rise in the places which was once a seedbed for the gospel. Out... --------
The accelerated growth of Islam in France, to nearly 5 million adherents now, has rightly received much attention from the American media. But few people realize that French evangelicals have experienced healthy—sevenfold!—growth since 1950, and that evangelistic influences such as the Alpha course are revitalizing faith in the nominally Catholic and practically secular nation.
The French Reconnection - Christianity Today Online, Accessed March 2, 2005. Emphasis Added.
An interesting look at resurgent spirituality in France...