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Nicolas Sarkozy on a Healthy Laicism in a Speech at the Lateran Church of Saint John in Rome

December 20, 2007
It’s for this reason that I profoundly wish for the emergence of a healthy laïcité, meaning a laïcité that, while protecting freedom of thought, the freedom to believe or not, does not consider religions a danger but rather something positive. It’s not a matter of modifying the great balances of the law of 1905. The French don’t want that, and the religions aren’t asking for it. It’s a matter, rather, of seeking dialogue with the great religions of France, and of having as a guiding principle the goal of making the daily life of our great spiritual currents easier rather than more complicated.

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Nicolas Sarkozy was the 23rd President of the French Republic, serving from May 2007 to May 2012. Before becoming president, he occupied various prominent political posts including Minister of Finance and Minister of the Interior. His conservative...