Posted: Tue, 20 Sep 2016
Polling by a French think tank has found that more than one in four French Muslims, most of whom are young, support an "ultra-conservative" form of Islam and around one in three reject secular rule, favouring sharia.
Posted: Tue, 30 Aug 2016
The majority of French mayors who have imposed 'burkini' bans are refusing to revoke them, despite a ruling from France's highest administrative court against the ban in the town of Villeneuve-Loubet.
Posted: Thu, 04 Aug 2016
Cardinal Philippe Barbarin has been told by the prosecutor that he will not face charges following allegations that he had failed to report suspicions of child abuse by a priest under his control, as is required by French law.
Posted: Mon, 25 Jan 2016
The French education minister has said that the meaning of secularism has been twisted and that teaching must be overhauled to show that Laïcité protects pupils.
Posted: Mon, 01 Jun 2015
The French education minister has cautioned against France's secularity rules suppressing the rights of religious people to freedom of expression.
Posted: Tue, 01 Jul 2014
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.
Posted: Mon, 16 Dec 2013
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.
Posted: Wed, 27 Nov 2013
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.
Posted: Fri, 27 Sep 2013
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.
Posted: Mon, 09 Sep 2013
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.
Posted: Tue, 27 Aug 2013
French Education Minister Vincent Peillon announced on Monday a plan to post a "secularism charter in every [educational] establishment" by the end of September.
Posted: Tue, 06 Aug 2013
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."
Posted: Fri, 26 Apr 2013
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.
Posted: Wed, 10 Apr 2013
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
Posted: Thu, 21 Mar 2013
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.
Posted: Tue, 18 Dec 2012
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.
Posted: Thu, 01 Nov 2012
The new socialist Government in France is strictly observing the nation's secular etiquette in relation to its dealings with the Vatican.
Posted: Fri, 28 Sep 2012
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.
Posted: Tue, 15 May 2012
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.
Posted: Fri, 03 Feb 2012
As the French election draws near, President Nicolas Sarkozy is suddenly very enthusiastic for religion to play an important role in "public life".