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France 24 Explains ‘Laicité’: The Ins and Outs of State Secularism

France 24 Explains ‘Laicité’: The Ins and Outs of State Secularism

France’s brand of secularism or ‘laicité’ – designed fully to separate Church and State and private from public manifestations of faith  — is quite particular and controversial and some fear is being undermined.   Understanding ‘laicité’: The ins and outs of state secularism – French Connections By Florence VILLEMINOT FRANCE 24 the French national broadcaster in English streams all the […]

Secularism – No Ban on School Pork Rules French Judge

Secularism – No Ban on School Pork Rules French Judge

No Non-Pork Options In French School, Court Rules A French court ruled Thursday in favor of the mayor of a town in in eastern France in a case over non-pork alternatives in school cafeterias. The case was launched by the Muslim Defense League after Gilles Platret, the mayor of Chalon-Sur-Saone, which is near Dijon, France, […]

A Siren Call for Secularism: How Those who Label France ‘Burqaphobic’ Miss the Point

A Siren Call for Secularism: How Those who Label France ‘Burqaphobic’ Miss the Point

Since 1905 France’s Roman Catholic Church has been subject to the discipline of French republican secularism, but now as those same constraints are increasingly applied to thrusting Islam, an ‘Islamophobe’ uproar is astir. Thus begins an article by Éric Conan in Marianne, a leading leftwing weekly, which has launched a Facebook and Change.org campaign – Laïcité, […]

France Moving Right as Europe Collapses?

France Moving Right as Europe Collapses?

Could France move sharply right in the 2012 presidential elections, as voters grow fearful of a shattered Euro, EU state insolvencies, economic insecurity, immigration and secularism (read Islam)? That certainly is the belief of some political observers after Marine le Pen, the shrewd 42-year-old lawyer and heiress presumptive to the leadership of the Front National, […]

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