0.2% of the French Population
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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 or 0.2% of the nation's population, up from an estimated 50,000 in 1993.
Notable French Hindus 
- Vikash Dhorasoo, a member of the French Football World Cup squad in 2006. He is an ethnic Mauritian Indian from the town of Le Havre.
- Alain Danielou, a French historian, intellectual, musicologist, Indologist and noted Western convert to Shaivite Hinduism.
- Arnaud Desjardins, French journalist, film maker, main disciple of Swami Prajnanpad.
Influence of Hinduism in France 
French people who were Hindus or were influenced by Hinduism include Victor Cousin, Alexandra David-Néel, Paul Gauguin, René Guénon, Jules Michelet, Mirra Richard, Romain Rolland, Satprem, Paul Verlaine, and Voltaire.
Hinduism in French overseas territories 
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See also 
- "How Hinduism Fares in Europe " in Hinduism Today International (Aug., 1993, Vol. 15, No. 8)
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