French schools were encouraged to celebrate a national "Day of Secularism (Laïcité)" on Wednesday, but the initiative was widely ignored amid ongoing security concerns and the fact that many lament the fact that the principle or at least the term has been hijacked by the far-right.

Laïcité—a term meaning secularism —has been a central principle of the French Republic since a 1905 law that enforced the strict separation of church and state.

Wednesday December 9th marked 110 years since that rule came into law.

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