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Basic laws

  • Law of December 9, 1905
    Article 1: The Republic ensures the liberty of conscience. It guarantees the free exercise of religion, under restrictions prescribed by the interest in public order.
    Article 2: The Republic does not recognize, remunerate, or subsidize any religious denomination
  • Article 10 of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen of 1789: no one should be harassed about his or her opinions, including religious opinions.
  • Article 2 of the Constitution of 4 October 1958: France is a "secular" state that "assures equality before the law for all citizens without distinction based on origin, race or religion."
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    This law are also available at the Legifrance site

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