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Just days after saying that multiculturalism had failed in France, President Sarkozy is launching a debate on religion and the secular state, asking what limits should be placed on Islam.

Speaking to his UMP MPs at the Élysée, he said he wanted concrete measures on the place of Islam in France and its compatibility with the country's secular laws.

He said the French had "paid dear" for their blindness towards immigration during the 1980s, when debate was taboo.


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