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French (languagecode: fr; autonym: français) is spoken by around 300 million people mainly in France, Western Africa and parts of Belgium, Switzerland and Canada. For more information see Wikipedia:French language

French Bible translations

There are many different Bible translations available in French: Wikipedia:Bible translations into French
Because French is spoken in many varieties throughout the world, there are a number of Bible translations that are recommended depending on the area the speaker comes from.

France

In France there are several Bible translations in use.

Bible Segond 21

A very recent and broadly available Bible that is widely in use, even outside of France.

It is freely available in the following ways:

  • Reading online:
  • Smartphone apps and software:
    • YouVersion smartphone app: Text of the whole Bible, no recordings. Can be downloaded and is then available for offline use. Select "français" in the language selection and then select "S21".
  • Printed copies:
    • EAD in Germany: Select language "Französisch". Order number for the whole Bible: 3040120, 3040162.

Canada

The French speaking part of Canada this is a widely used Bible translation.

La Bible de Semeur 2015

It is freely available in the following ways:

  • Reading online:
  • Smartphone apps and software:
    • YouVersion smartphone app: Text of the whole Bible, no recordings. Can be downloaded and is then available for offline use. Select "français" in the language selection and then select "La Bible de Semeur 2015".

West Africa

There is one translation that was specifically translated for French speakers in West Africa. It follows the way French is spoken in West Africa.

Parole de Vie

It is freely available in the following ways:

  • Reading online:
  • Smartphone apps and software:
    • YouVersion smartphone app: Text of the whole Bible, no recordings. Can be downloaded and is then available for offline use. Select "français" in the language selection and then select "PDV2017".
    • bible.is smartphone app: Text of the New Testament, recordings of the New Testament. Select "français" in the language selection and then select "Parole De Vie (African Accent)".There are three audio Versions of this translation one is with a African, Canadian and a French accent.
  • Audio Bible:


Which ones are recommendable?

Jesus Film


Available training resources in French