SECULARISM FRENCH STYLE
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“La laïcité”, French-style secularism, is a word that is most often untranslatable into another language.
But even in France, the definition of what the principle of secularism covers continues to fracture society from families to political parties.
Today, in a context of crisis (economic, health, social or identity), secularism is increasingly looked upon as a way of "living together" in the face of a of citizens who are tempted to retreat into their own communities. The new publications of Charlie Hebdo cartoons in the aftermath of the assassination of teacher Samuel Paty (who presented them to his students during a course on secularism) has provoked incomprehension not only in the Muslim world but also in many Anglo-Saxon countries.
In fact, the concrete application of secularism in everyday situations is not always obvious. In 2005, President Chirac set up an observatory of secularism that aims to help associations, public services, schools, etc. to better discern its use. In places where populations of different cultural and social origins meet, work and cooperate, the principle of secularism is put to the test and, at the same time, it is a point of reference helping these institutions to function and fulfil their missions.