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The Greek community in Francemarker numbers around 35,000 people . They are located all around the country but the main communities are located in Parismarker, Marseillemarker and Grenoblemarker.

Greeks in France:
Year 1901 1946 1968 1975 1980 1990 1998 2003 2004 2009
Persons 2,902 16,184 9,000 9,580 9,516 6,091 6,443 4,959 3,801

The Greeks of Marseille

Marseille, known as Massalia in Greek, was founded by Greeks from Ionia in 600 BC. The Massaliot Greeks are believed to have introduced viticulture to France. Notable ancient Greeks from Massalia included the great explorer and scientist Pytheas.

Historically the Greek community was composed of merchants, ship-owners, intellectuals and international traders. They participated in the city’s political life or became patrons of its cultural life and the philanthropic activity of some of them was crowned by the Légion d’Honneur.

Notable Greek-French people

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