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Sarkozy's UMP party to debate secularism - though religious leaders ask them not to

Religious leaders from France's six biggest faiths have come together to issue a joint statement, asking the ruling UMP Party not to hold a planned debate on secularism. There are fears that it could turn into a debate on Islam in France and even some senior members of the UMP are uncomfortable about the idea. However, others in President Sarkozy's party are adamant it'll go ahead, giving rise to yet more speculation about the divisions appearing within the UMP.

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