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April 23, 2003
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French Education Minister Luc Ferry said he would tighten the law against religious practice in schools in order to combat the growth of anti-Semitism in the classroom. “We are faced with the rise of a new type of anti-Semitism which does not come from the extreme right but from Islamization and the radicalization of the Muslim community,” Ferry told Europe One Radio on Tuesday. “I believe that faced by this rise in racism and anti-Semitism, we must very strongly reaffirm Republican and secular principles. That is what the new law will do.”

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