"The situation is very difficult for the Muslims, too, but the Christians have a particularly difficult time," said Troyes Bishop Marc Stenger in defence of the move.
Several aid agencies had earlier criticised the government decision to grant the 500 asylum in the coming weeks.
"It is risky showing preference to refugees on the strength of their religion," said Pierre Henry, head of the France Terre d'Asile organisation.
Stenger, whose remarks were published in the edition of le Monde due out Sunday, visited Christian communities in northern Iraq last month.
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