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French Views on the Separation of Church and State

The French take the separation of church and state seriously. Review modern attitudes toward religion—which differ by region—and the country’s attempts at secular equality.

The French believe strongly in the separation of church and state, and the constitution notes the secular foundation of the country’s principles. French secular attitudes permeate many aspects of daily life. In fact, in an effort to preserve secular equality, French law clearly notes that no one is allowed to wear visible religious symbols to public schools. Explore modern attitudes toward religion and how these attitudes differ by region.