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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.

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