“Here’s a country that claims to be secular, yet its President has vowed to rebuild a symbol of religion…”

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In 2018, the French government issued an 80-page handbook on how to ensure the principle of secularism is enforced in schools in France. Twice as big as its 2015 predecessor, the new report advised teachers on how to apply secular principles in classrooms, on school grounds, and during school-sponsored activities.

The 80-page report is comprehensive. The guide dictates the actions to be taken, under any possible circumstance. Selective absenteeism from sports activities, such as swimming, for religious reasons, is not tolerated…

Mansour Khaled

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