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    New French laws on Islam http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20031128-121412-4755r.htm PARIS, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- New laws are being prepared in France to
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 29, 2003
      New French laws on Islam

      http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20031128-121412-4755r.htm

      PARIS, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- New laws are being prepared in
      France to "protect women from (Islamic)
      fundamentalism," prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin
      announced Friday.

      "The legislative decision that we will choose will be
      good if it protects all women from all the constraints
      of fundamentalism," Raffarin told his Union for a
      Presidential Majority party congress in the town of
      Villepinte.

      The right of Muslim women to wear scarves in state
      schools, and for women to choose their own husbands,
      has become a hot political topic in France, where
      close to 10 percent of the total population of 60
      million are Muslims, mainly of North African
      extraction.

      At the same time, Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy
      said he was about to name France's first Muslim
      Prefect, a senior state-appointed administrative post
      dating back to Napoleon's era that is akin to a U.S.
      state governor.


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