Government ombudsman Dominique Baudis said a new ban "may not be necessary" but France must clarify its laws on "laicite", the official secularism that has led to repeated conflicts with minorities challenging it as a violation of religious rights. DEFINING AND DEFENDING SECULARISM Defending secularism is a rallying cry that resonates across the political spectrum, from left-wingers upholding the liberal values of the Enlightenment to far-right voters seeking a bulwark against the growing role of Islam in French society. President Francois Hollande launched a new Observatory of Laicite in April and asked it for new ideas on how to apply a landmark 1905 law that aims to shield the public sphere from religious pressures while respecting freedom of religion. The High Council's report was submitted to the Observatory for its consideration and does not have to be part of the proposals submitted to Hollande, an Observatory official said. Under French law, religious wear is banned in schools to protect youths from faith-related pressures but tolerated in universities because students are adults with free choice. Extending the headscarf ban to universities would contradict this basic principle and could lead to further protests from Europe's largest Muslim minority. Le Monde said the High Council report cited "numerous complaints from all sectors of university life" about religious activity including proselytism and students refusing to work with members of the opposite sex.
For a moment it seemed New York voters had forgiven him, when some polls showed him leading the field of candidates. read more But last month, Weiner acknowledged that he had continued sexting after his resignation, and his support plummeted. Its too bad Weiners not French. He might have a chance to win here. Adultery, mistresses and affairs by politicians are all considered mere gossip not serious news by the French.
Etienne Capoue: Tottenham agree 9m deal for France midfielder
He stressed that dialogue must be a priority, and added that the search for compromise is still possible. Compromise, Fabius added, was preferable to fuelling tensions and inciting violence. This latest offer of assistance echoes calls from a number of foreign governments for an end to hostilities and return to political stability. A delegation from the Kim Kardashian Netherlands visited Cairo on Wednesday and Thursday to underline the Netherlands commitment to a democratic and inclusive transition process in Egypt. The German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwalle came to Egypt to convey Germanys desire to contribute bringing all the mutually opposing political forces back together, so that they start a dialogue and that a fresh start can take place. The diplomatic efforts of the United States, European Union, France, Germany and the Netherlands come at a time of heightened tension following a cabinet decision to decree that the sit-ins at Rabaa Al-Adaweya and Nahda Square be dispersed. Furthermore, Ahmed Muslimani, the Presidencys Media Advisor, stated on Wednesday that diplomacy efforts had not achieved the hoped-for results, apportioning complete blame on the Muslim Brotherhood for the failure. Related posts:
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The Wales and Lions tight-head prop has started negotiations with the Ospreys over a new deal. Jones, locks Alun Wyn Jones and Ian Evans all have a season left on their contracts at the Liberty Stadium. "I have to look at what is best for me and my family...whether it is to stay here or go to France," said Jones. "As much as I love this region (Ospreys), if I can look after my family by going to play in France, I am willing to do that. "You would be dull to turn that money down. I wouldn't want to cut any ties with the region but my family comes first and I have to look at that very seriously if any offers come in." Wales players based in France or England Mike Phillips (Bayonne) Lee Byrne (Clermont Auvergne) Craig Mitchell (Exeter) Jones, 32, has been linked with a move France before, but turned down the chance to leave the Ospreys in 2012 when he signed a new two-year deal to stay in Wales. The 88-times capped Welsh international has been a cornerstone of Wales success and he has been part of three Six Nations Grand Slams - 2005, 2008, 2012 - and has won five Test caps for the British and Irish Lions.
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The 25-year-old is undergoing a medical and the White Hart Lane outfit are expected to announce his arrival later on Friday, or Saturday. Capoue fact file Born: 11 July, 1988 Position: Defensive midfield or centre-back Club career: Since making his Ligue 1 debut in the 2007-08 season, has made 140 top flight appearances for Toulouse International record: Has won five caps for France Reports suggest Capoue, who scored seven goals in 33 top flight games last season, will join for a fee in the region of 9m. Capoue, who has won five caps for France, can also play at centre-back. When previously asked about the player's suggested move to White Hart Lane, Toulouse president Olivier Sadran was quoted in L'Equipe as telling RMC: "He will go there." Tottenham are short in defence after Steven Caulker moved to Cardiff, while Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul are recovering from injuries. His arrival could pave the way for a midfielder to leave White Hart Lane, with Scott Parker linked to West Ham and Queens Park Rangers. Also related to this story
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It's an opportunity for him to discover the senior France team. He is a very specific kind of player who is capable of bringing a lot to the midfield.'' Samir Nasri could play for France for the first http://www.savingsdaily.com/post/the-first-photo-of-north-west time since the 2012 European Championship. He was banned for three games for http://journals.fotki.com/jewelfwlf/my-blog/entry/bksbrqwrtbtb/ insulting a journalist in an expletive-laced tirade following the 2-0 loss to Spain. The midfielder was recalled for friendlies in June against Uruguay and Brazil but missed out through injury. France has a poor record in friendlies under Deschamps, having won only one out of six - including four defeats.