- Jul 12, 2020
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.
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