france

Culture & Religion

              The French Revolution, that got rid of the Aristocracy as the ruling class and of the monopoly of the Catholic Church, is celebrated on the 14th of July with spectacular fireworks and dancing during the night, all over France. It is a reminder of the "Prise de la Bastille" when the crowd took over this Parisian prison and Royal fortress, and freed its prisoners in 1789.
 This particular day remains a symbol of the history of contemporary France when it became a democracy and a Republic that aims to promote equality, universalism and human rights, although of course there is still a lot to achieve.
 Education is free for all and State schools are really good as well as the Universities. It is quite something, when considering the huge problems of student loans and debts in many other countries. School is compulsory from the age of 6 to 16. A good deal of the French aim of social equality is achieved through its very particular system of State Education for all.
France is guided by the principles of religious pluralism, secularism and mutual respect. Freedom of religion is the rule and a right. No religious signs should be exhibited in State schools to prevent conflicts, there are religious private schools for those who want to practice their religion in a more exclusive way. Most French are Christians, Roman Catholics mainly but also Protestants, 6% Muslim, 1% Jewish, 1% Buddhist. Other religions are also represented at lower rates. One third of the French population is agnostic or atheist.            
Added by BeatriceAppay
Last updated on the 24 September 2015

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