• Religion emerges in secular French politics as presidential campaign heats up

    Religion emerges in secular French politics as presidential campaign heats up

    • Mar 26, 2017

    Playing the religion card so openly is unusual in France, where the official separation of church and state is normally taken so seriously that politicians rarely if ever mention in public whether they have a faith or not. But now French politicians, especially those on the right, are harking back to a secularized version of France’s traditional Catholic identity as one of several ways to mobilize voters.

  • Old tradition of secularism clashes with France’s new reality

    • Feb 8, 2015

    ROSNY-SOUS-BOIS, France — Laïcité, the concept of state secularism, is a defining principle of the French republic, right up there with the national motto of liberty, equality, and fraternity. Developed in the French Revolution, which targeted the Roman Catholic Church as much as the monarchy, laïcité governs the public life

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