To gallicize the Muslims
I am very busy today, so I can't pay a lot of attention to this subject. Over the weekend, the French paper Le Figaro gave a lot of attention to a book by French finance minister Nicolas Sarkozy
. Describing himself as a practicing Catholic, Sarkozy reevaluates the 99-year old laws on secularism
that have been used to justify banning religion from public life. While Sarkozy upholds the loi laïc
as a protection for republicanism, he opines that France will need to make some exceptions to secularism in order to integrate Muslims into French society. Sarkozy carries a lot of weight in France--he is expected to become the next head of the conservative UMP--and his opinion will be taken seriously.