In a bid to combat radical Islamism following the recent terrorist attacks, French schools are being asked to do more to help young people understand the fundamental values and principles of the French state.

In an address to teachers yesterday, French president François Hollande outlined new measures to be introduced, putting more emphasis on the values underpinning France.


The day after 12 people were killed at Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper, the government declared that 2 minutes silence should be observed around the country, including in schools, to mark the gravity of a deadly attack on freedom of speech.

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