Despite the aggressive secularism in France, (the French state schools, which are run directly by the National Government of France, and not by local school boards or LEAs as we have in USA or Britain, are radically secular, and no RE or religious symbols are allowed), occultism, psychics, and witchcraft are widespread as is the New Age.
Meanwhile, whole towns and no doubt, even some small cities, not forgetting the many villages and rural areas in France, often have no viable evangelical church, and those that exist often have to struggle in hired halls, and even that can be very tenuous.
In large cities in France, there are some large evangelical churches, many of which are organised for expatriate communities, principally African and Asian, but unfortunately many are not truly Bible based but are geared to aberrations such as prosperity gospel, etc. France definitely needs much prayer.
In the 18th century, we in Britain had a fairly dead church. Both the state approved Church of England, but even the Nonconformist and ‚ÄúDissenting‚ÄĚ chapels were full of formal dead religion. Rationalism was abroad, Unitarianism was increasing, and the parson or vicar was usually someone on the social scene, hunting and shooting with the local squire.
The teaching of the Puritans of the previous century, who had been expelled en masse from the Church of England in 1662 was being forgotten. It was in this environment, that God blessed us with the outpouring of the Methodist revival.
France, however, had brutally expelled all their evangelical citizens, the Protestant Reformed Huguenots under the absolute monarch Louis XIV at one stroke. There was no Methodist revival in France. Things got more and more decadent until the atheistic Revolution broke out at the end of the 18th century and destroyed the monarchy. France has never been the same since, and even today, the tiny band of French evangelicals struggle. Now only is there secularism, but Islam, strident and aggressive. France is also with Germany at the heart of the godless EU and it‚Äôs eurozone.
France is Socialist and Liberalist both of which are anti Christian ideologies. They publicly will state that they do not discriminate against Christians, but in fact the socialist dogmatic truth, is that socialism has always been defensive and wary about their doctrines.
They don't like to lose support among the masses and therefore become antagonistic and hostile to other 'ideologies' such as Biblical Christianity, which they perceive as a threat to their membership.
Satan uses Socialism, like its cousin Communism, as a defensive mechanism against Christian teachings in the nations. The US Democrat Party could well have a similar but surreptitious conclave within its borders. Of course they will not be allowed to be seen by the public. Especially gullible voters.