French Brazilians

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French Brazilians (French: Franco-Brésilien; Portuguese: Franco-brasileiro or Galo-brasileiro) refers to Brazilian citizens of full of partial French ancestry or persons born in France who reside in Brazil. Between 1850 and 1965 around 100,000 French people immigrated to Brazil. The country received the second largest number of French immigrants to South America after Argentina (239,000). It is estimated that there are 2 million Brazilians of French descent today.[2]

French Brazilians
Total population
c. 2,000,000[1]
Regions with significant populations
Predominantly São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro
French, Portuguese
Predominantly Roman Catholicism
Related ethnic groups
Other Brazilians · French people
Other White Brazilians · Belgian Brazilians · Luxembourg Brazilians · German Brazilians · Swiss Brazilians · Austrian Brazilians · Greek Brazilians · Arab Brazilians · Italian Brazilians · Spanish Brazilians · Portuguese Brazilians
French Canadians · French Americans · French Argentines · French Mexicans · French Uruguayans

French immigration to BrazilEdit

From 1819 to 1940, 40,383 Frenchmen immigrated to Brazil. Most of them settled in the country between 1884 and 1925 (8,008 from 1819 to 1883, 25,727 from 1884 to 1925, 6,648 from 1926 to 1940). Another source estimates that around 100,000 French people immigrated to Brazil between 1850 and 1965.

The French community in Brazil numbered 592 in 1888 and 5,000 in 1915.[3] It was estimated that 14,000 Frenchmen were living in Brazil in 1912, 9% of the 149,400 Frenchmen living in Latin America, the second largest community after Argentina (100,000).[4]

As of 2014, it is estimated that 30,000 French people are living in Brazil[5], most of them in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. They form the largest community of French expatriates in Latin America.

French coloniesEdit


Brazil has the following French international schools:

Notable French BraziliansEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-01-16. Retrieved 2014-02-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Vivre à l'étranger". Ils ont été 100 000 à émigrer dans ce pays entre 1850 et 1965 et auraient entre 500 000 et 1 million de descendants.
  3. ^ Possible paradises: Basque emigration to Latin America. The French colony in this country numbered 592 in 1888 and 5,000 in 1915 (page 226).
  4. ^ L'Amérique latine et l'Europe à l'heure de la mondialisation. p. 194. Brésil : 14 000 (9%).
  5. ^ "France Diplomatie - Brésil". La communauté française au Brésil est estimée à 30 000 personnes.
  6. ^ BASSANEZI, MARIA SILVA C. BEOZZO (org.). "Mapa das Colônias existentes na província de São Paulo em 1855". In: "São Paulo do Passado: Dados Demográficos – 1854". NEPO, UNICAMP, 1998