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December 12, 2003
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Most French Jewish leaders are backing a recommendation to ban visible religious insignia in French state schools. Roger Cukierman, president of CRIF, an umbrella organization of French Jews, told JTA that the recommendation by a presidential commission represents “a body blow to Islamic fanaticism.” In its report to French President Jacques Chirac on Thursday, the Stasi Commission proposed that nonvisible items such as small crosses, Stars of David and miniature Korans be allowed.

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