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The Pope, Sarkozy, laïcité and catechism

By Alison Hird

French President Nicolas Sarkozy visited Pope Benedict XVI on Friday to try and gain favour with the Vatican and win back the Catholic vote. Back in France an increasing number of agnostic families are enrolling their children in religious instruction or catechism, a paradox in a country where church attendance is on the decline.

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