French connections

Laïcité: Is French state secularism too extreme?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 21.07.16: France's brand of secularism – "laïcité" – is often the cause of bitter debates, particularly in the wake of last year’s Charlie Hebdo attacks. Critics say it's too extreme and call for more flexibility and tolerance with respect to religion. But defenders say it's the glue that keeps French people together in harmony.