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French religious policy is based on the concept of laïcité, a strict separation of church and state under which public life is considered completely secular. France was...

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Jacques Chirac on French Muslims' Alienation in a Speech at Élysée Palace

December 17, 2003
I share the feeling of incomprehension, of disarray and sometimes even of revolt by those young French people -- immigrants by origin -- whose job applications go into the garbage because of the sound of their names, and who are too often faced with discrimination when they want to find housing or even get into a place of recreation. [...] All the children of France, whatever their background, whatever their origin, whatever their belief, are daughters and sons of the republic.

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Jacques René Chirac served as the 22nd President of France, governing for two full terms stretching from 1995 to 2007. Chirac's political career began in the 1960s, and he served as Prime Minister and Major of Paris before securing the presidency....