The Interview

French secularism: A shield against religious extremism?

French journalist Caroline Fourest has written a new book in which she defends France's secular model against criticism that it is too rigid and stifles religious freedom. Fourest claims there is a major misunderstanding between France and the US over this issue. She also accuses US President Donald Trump of undermining the separation between church and state. "Secularism is the best protection both against fanatical Islam and the religious right", she told FRANCE 24.