Tags: France

Schools and segregation: a lesson from France

Schools and segregation: a lesson from France

Posted: Tue, 30 Jan 2018 by Keith Sharpe

The Government is preparing to extend religious selection in faith schools. Keith Sharpe contrasts its willingness to cause greater segregation with French efforts to encourage integration in the wake of terror attacks.

For secularists interested in education... Read More »

Tags: Admissions, Faith schools, Fifty percent cap, France, Unregistered schools

Living better together: French secularism risks being destroyed by political ambition

Living better together: French secularism risks being destroyed by political ambition

Posted: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 by Terry Sanderson

Despite occasional conflicts, France's tradition of secularism has served both social cohesion and religious freedom well. Terry Sanderson argues that misusing secularism for political aims risks undermining both.

The French ban on so-called burkinis –... Read More »

Tags: Community Cohesion, Events, France, Islam

National occasions need not be dominated by religion – as France’s commemoration ceremony so poignantly demonstrated

National occasions need not be dominated by religion – as France’s commemoration ceremony so poignantly demonstrated

Posted: Tue, 01 Dec 2015 by Keith Porteous Wood

France's recent ceremony for those killed in the Paris attacks was a moving demonstration that religiously neutral ceremonies are a powerful way to unite people regardless of faith or politics; it is something the UK could emulate for our own public ceremonies,... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, France, Remembrance

French challenge to exception of Alsace Moselle from separation law fails

French challenge to exception of Alsace Moselle from separation law fails

Posted: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 by Catherine Le Fur

By Catherine Le Fur

A challenge to the exception of Alsace-Moselle from the 1905 French law that separates church and state has failed.

A previously unknown secularist group appealed to the Constitutional Council (a body dedicated to validating the constitutionality... Read More »

Tags: France

French confrontation of church and state over gay marriage

French confrontation of church and state over gay marriage

Posted: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 by Catherine Le Fur

By Catherine Le Fur

The Law Commission of the French parliament held a hearing on 29 November to listen to representations from six religious leaders (Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Orthodox and Buddhist) on the Government's plans to legalise same-sex... Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church, France, Marriage Equality