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European Court of Human Rights upholds French ban on full-face veil

European Court of Human Rights upholds French ban on full-face veil

Posted: Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:54

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld a French law banning the wearing of the full-face veil in public, ruling that the law does not breach the European Convention on Human Rights.

French Government denies it plans to lift veil ban

French Government denies it plans to lift veil ban

Posted: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:58

A new report by a French Government committee has created controversy after it called for an end to the ban on Muslim headscarves in schools.

Human Rights Court considers the French ban on face coverings

Human Rights Court considers the French ban on face coverings

Posted: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 15:40

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is today (27 November 2013) hearing the case of a French woman, identified by her initials SAS, who is challenging the country's ban on the full face veil.

Suggestion that France replace Christian holidays with Jewish and Muslim ones doesn’t go down well

Suggestion that France replace Christian holidays with Jewish and Muslim ones doesn’t go down well

Posted: Fri, 27 Sep 2013 16:00

An appointee to the French Government's National Observatory on Secularism has sparked controversy by suggesting that two Christian holidays should be replaced on the calendar by the Jewish Yom Kippur and the Muslim festival of Eid.

France posts secular charter in all state schools

France posts secular charter in all state schools

Posted: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 13:08

The French Education has unveiled the controversial secularism charter which is to be displayed in a prominent position in every school to remind pupils and teachers of the country's secular, Republican principles.

France to post a “secularism charter” in every school

France to post a “secularism charter” in every school

Posted: Tue, 27 Aug 2013 17:17

French Education Minister Vincent Peillon announced on Monday a plan to post a "secularism charter in every [educational] establishment" by the end of September.

France considers banning religious symbols in universities

France considers banning religious symbols in universities

Posted: Tue, 06 Aug 2013 14:44

A French Government-funded research institute is recommending that the wearing of religious symbols should be banned in the country's universities to ease "escalating religious tensions in all areas of university life."

Huge support in France for teaching of “secular morals” in state schools

Huge support in France for teaching of “secular morals” in state schools

Posted: Fri, 26 Apr 2013 13:58

Ninety-one per cent of people in France support the French Government's plans to introduce a weekly class in "secular morals" into state schools, according to a recent poll.

Religious bodies in sustained attack on French secularism

Religious bodies in sustained attack on French secularism

Posted: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:14

The French Government is at increasing odds with aggressive religious lobbies – particularly the Catholic Church – which are determined to undermine the nation's constitutional secularism.

France’s top court rules that woman was unfairly dismissed after she refused to remove headscarf at work

France’s top court rules that woman was unfairly dismissed after she refused to remove headscarf at work

Posted: Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:03

France's top court ruled on Tuesday that a Muslim woman who was sacked for wearing the Islamic headscarf at work was unfairly dismissed on the basis of her religion.

French Government acts to protect secularism from religious extremists

French Government acts to protect secularism from religious extremists

Posted: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:07

The French Government appears to be lining up for a full-scale confrontation with the Catholic Church, which is increasingly trying to interfere in political processes.

French Government sticks to secular principles in dealings with Vatican

French Government sticks to secular principles in dealings with Vatican

Posted: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 15:42

The new socialist Government in France is strictly observing the nation's secular etiquette in relation to its dealings with the Vatican.

French Minister warns aggressive Islamists – there is no place for you in our country

French Minister warns aggressive Islamists – there is no place for you in our country

Posted: Fri, 28 Sep 2012 12:15

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls has warned foreign Islamists who do not respect the country's secular traditions or who threaten security at home or abroad that they will be expelled.

Catholic Church promises to be a thorn in the side of new French President

Catholic Church promises to be a thorn in the side of new French President

Posted: Tue, 15 May 2012 09:56

The Catholic Church and other right-wing groups in France have given notice that they intend to resist the newly-elected President's progressive social agenda.

Sarkozy’s smoke and mirrors promises to religious leaders

Sarkozy’s smoke and mirrors promises to religious leaders

Posted: Fri, 03 Feb 2012 12:56

As the French election draws near, President Nicolas Sarkozy is suddenly very enthusiastic for religion to play an important role in "public life".