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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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Nicolas Sarkozy on Secular Citizenship and the Ban on Religious Symbols in Schools

December 31, 2003
You shouldn't see in it a humiliation for anyone. You shouldn't see in it a lack of respect for your religion. You must understand that secularism is our tradition, our choice. [...] I thank the grand imam of Al Azhar for indicating that in a secular and non-Muslim state, it is the duty of everyone to respect the law. [...] There are no rights without duties, and if the Muslims of France have the same rights as other believers, they have the same duties.
Nicolas Sarkozy Nicolas Sarkozy
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...