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French secularism: More than 100 years of 'laïcité'

By: Tom Burges WATSON Follow | Jeanne LAVENANT | Georges YAZBECK | Joanna COCKERELL | Stéphane BERNSTEIN

In this edition, we're turning our eye to the French Republic's secular laws which separate the involvement of any religion from governmental affairs. The word for "secular" in French is "laïcité", a word which, during the year that has passed since the Charlie Hebdo attacks, is perhaps being uttered more now than ever before.

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First, we take a look back at these past 110 years of secularism in France.

Next, we examine how these secular principles are applied in towns and cities across the country and how they touch our daily lives.

Finally, we see how learning Republican values is something that begins at a very early age.

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