In the latest round of anti-clericalism, a giant rally in the Bois de Vincennes, Paris, June 19, protested the use of taxpayers' money to aid Church school.
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GROUND SHOT..banner reading 'Ardennes, 91.284 signatures'.
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Background: In the latest round of anti-clericalism, a giant rally in the Bois de Vincennes, Paris, June 19, protested the use of taxpayers' money to aid Church school. Backing the rally: a petition estimated to carry 10 1/2M signatures.
The rally was the outcome of a months-long campaign throughout France in defence of State schools. Its theme - upheld by most Frenchmen of left-wing views: Accepting the right to choose State or Catholic schooling, the anti-clerics demand State grants to Church school should be diverted to improving State schools.
This question is one that has dogged every French government since the Third Republic passed laws in 1880 setting up State schools - lycees for example - without compulsory religious classes.