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France's education minister finally unveiled his much-talked about "secularism charter" on Monday morning aimed at keeping religion out of schools. One of the rules of the charter forbids pupils from questioning teachers "in the name of their religious beliefs".

Education Minister Vincent Peillon says his new secular charter, which was revealed on Monday after 10am, is designed to promote "absolute respect for freedom of conscience".

The document is to appear in a prominent place in every school, in the form of a poster and is remind teachers and pupils of a list of secular, Republican principles.


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