Awareness of leprosy in France was heightened in the 1940s by the writings of Raoul Follereau, and a large foundation continues to operate in his name. The fundamental importance of rights and equality in the French psyche may have made the French particularly sympathetic to the plight of people affected by leprosy.

TLM France (known in the country as Mission Lèpre) was founded in the 1970s. It has its office near Paris, and a small team of staff governed by a local board who live in different parts of France and belong to different Christian denominations. The main focus of the Mission’s fundraising in France is Protestant and Evangelical churches. Staff, board members and volunteers visit churches to present the work of the Mission. A regular magazine, En Action, keeps supporters informed of the programmes overseas in which TLM is involved, and there is a particular interest in programmes in francophone Africa.

TLM’s country leader in France is Pascal Machefer. TLM France contributes around £100,000 per year to TLM programmes in other countries.

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Leprosy harms people in multiple ways, and we care about the whole person. We transform people’s lives through health and disability care, rehabilitation, education, better livelihoods, and advocacy for social change.

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Someone is newly diagnosed with leprosy every two minutes, and millions live with the consequences of the disease – yet many around the world don’t know it exists.

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