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French Protestants merge

The 250,000-member Reformed Church of France and the 22,000-member Evangelical Lutheran Church of France merged in May to form the United Protestant Church of France.

Laurent Schlumberger, president of the Reformed's national council, attributed the merger to "better witnessing of the gospel" rather than "economies of scale."

Joel Dautheville, the Lutheran president, agreed, saying: "We expect the new church to have higher visibility in today's society to give witness to the good news."


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