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List of Catholic dioceses in France

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The Catholic Church in France mainly comprises a Metropolitan Latin Church hierarchy, joint in a national episcopal conference, consisting of

  • fifteen ecclesiastical provinces, each under a Metropolitan Archdioceses (15)
  • two exempt non-Metropolitan Archdioceses
  • the (exempt) Military Ordinariate.

Furthermore, it has four exempt Eastern Catholic jurisdictions : three rite-specific (of which two are transnational) and a national Ordinariate for the Faithful of Eastern Rite for all others without rite-proper Ordinary.

The French overseas departments and territories, although administratively and constitutionally part of the French republic, are not part of the French church under canon law but exempt and/or part of an episcopal conference in their respective continent.

There is also an Apostolic Nunciature (as papal diplomatic representation at embassy-level) to France in the national capital Paris. the country also hosts three multilateral Holy See Representations: to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to the Council of Europe in Strasburg and to the International Commission on Civil Status (ICCS).

The following contains the list of the French Catholic Roman Catholic dioceses of France as since 2002. See also the List of Ancien Régime dioceses of France and the List of French dioceses in the 19th and 20th century for information prior to 2002.

Dioceses of metropolitan France. Provinces are demarcated by bold lines and their sees (Metropolitan archdioceses) written in bold letters.
Dioceses of metropolitan France. Provinces are demarcated by bold lines and their sees (Metropolitan archdioceses) written in bold letters.

Pope John Paul II completely redrew the map of French ecclesiastical provinces in December 2002, in order to coincide more closely with the map of French administrative regions, but losing in several instances remaining boundaries surviving from late Roman times. This meant the creation of a few new Metropolitan archbishoprics and ecclesiastical provinces. This also entailed, for several archbishoprics, the loss of their metropolitan status (symbolised by the wearing of the pallium): their bishops nevertheless retained the title of archbishop.

As a result of history, many former episcopal sees were united, mainly as a consequence of the French Revolution; hence many dioceses bear the names of several cities, in which case, only the first one is the cathedral see where the bishop still actually resides.

In France, most dioceses coincide with a department (administrative province), but there are a few exceptions, where some arrondissements are attached to a diocese outside the department, or form a separate diocese within the department (this happens mainly in departments with numerous populations, such as Nord or Bouches-du-Rhône). Along with the list of the new ecclesiastical provinces and their suffragan dioceses, this list also gives the equivalent of the diocesan jurisdiction in departmental terms.

Current European French Dioceses

Exempt, i.e. directly subject to the Holy See

Exempt Latin

Eastern Catholic (exempt) jurisdictions

Armenian Rite:
Antiochian Rite:
West Syriac Rite:
Byzantine Rite:

Episcopal Conference of ('Metropolitan', European) France

Ecclesiastical Province of Besançon

(Franche-Comté and part of Lorraine)

Ecclesiastical Province of Bordeaux


Ecclesiastical Province of Clermont


Ecclesiastical Province of Dijon


Ecclesiastical Province of Lille


Ecclesiastical Province of Lyon


Ecclesiastical Province of Marseille

(Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur and Corsica)

Ecclesiastical Province of Montpellier


Ecclesiastical Province of Paris


Ecclesiastical Province of Poitiers

(Poitou-Charentes and Limousin)

Ecclesiastical Province of Reims

(Champagne-Ardenne and Picardy)

Ecclesiastical Province of Rennes

(Brittany and Pays-de-la-Loire)

Ecclesiastical Province of Rouen

(Upper and Lower Normandy)

Eccleasiastical Province of Toulouse


Eccleasiastical Province of Tours

(Centre-Val de Loire)

Defunct jurisdictions in European France

Titular sees

  • two Titular Metropolitan Sees (both united): Arles (united), Embrun (united)
  • Titular Episcopal Sees (18, 41 united): Accia, Agde (united), Aléria, Alès (united), Alet, Apt, Arisitum, Auxerre (united), Avranches (united), Bazas (united), Béziers (united), Boulogne (united), Briançonnet, Carpentras, Castres (united), Cavaillon, Châlon-sur-Saône (united), Condom (united), Couserans (united), Die (united), Dol (united), Entrevaux, Laon (united), Lavaur (united), Lectoure (united), Léon (united), Lescar (united), Lisieux (united), Lodève (united), Lombez (united), Mâcon (united), Maillezais, Mariana en Corse, Mirepoix (united), Nebbio, Noyon (united), Oloron (united), Orange, Rieux (united), Riez (united), Sagone, Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges (united), Saint-Malo (united), Saint-Omer (united), Saint-Papoul, Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux (united), Saint-Pons-de-Thomières (united), Saint-Quentin (united), Saintes (united), Sarlat (united), Senez, Senlis (united), Sisteron (united), Thérouanne, Toul (united), Tréguier (united), Uzès (united), Vabres (united), Vaison
  • a single Titular Abbacy (united): Cluny (united)

Other defunct French sees

Excluding those united to current sees TO BE CHECKED

Overseas French dioceses

all Latin (in many cases, in a conference/province(s) with non-French, mainly Anglophone, dioceses)

Exempt, directly subject to the Holy See (Africa)

Episcopal Conference of the Antilles

Ecclesiastical Province of Martinique

(Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana; exclusively Francophone)

Episcopal Conference of the Pacific (Oceania)

Ecclesiastical Province of Papeete

Ecclesiastical Province of Noumea

Gallery of Archdioceses

See also


  1. ^ Pope Benedict XVI elevated the Diocese of Lille to a Metropolitan Archdiocese. Cambrai (the former Metropolitan) became its suffragan, while retaining the title "Archdiocese" (see "Daily Bulletin - Elevazione di Lille (Francia) a Chiesa Metropolitana e Nomina del Primo Arcivescovo Metropolita" (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 2008-03-29. Archived from the original on 2008-06-07. Retrieved 2008-03-30.).

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