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November 15, 2004

Chirac Rules Out Aid To Mosques

Topics: International News

Finally, Chirac does something right for a change. Reported in the Bahrain Tribune today:

"MARSEILLE: In a major broadside, President Jacques Chirac and Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin yesterday rejected a senior government minister's idea of using state funds to build mosques and train Islamic religious leaders.

Chirac obliquely accused his arch rival -- Finance Minister Nicolas Sarkozy is expected to seek his job in the 2007 presidential election -- of trying to "open up a new and pointless debate in France on topics that enjoy consensus." Raffarin said for the government to get mixed up in religion in any way would undermine the very foundations of the French republic, which is based on a strict separation of church and state." 

One might ask just why this was ever considered in the first place! Read More...

Posted by Hyscience at November 15, 2004 2:19 PM

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