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France: Catholics bear cross over removal of town cross02:01

France: Catholics bear cross over removal of town cross

France, Ploermel
November 26, 2017 at 19:56 GMT -00:00 · Published

Hundreds of people rallied under the banner of #handsoffmycross in Ploermel on Sunday after a legal decision paved the way for the removal of a cross in the town’s main square.

Pope John Paul II Square features a statue of former head of the Catholic Church, but it is the cross which sits above the statue that has been the subject of fierce debate in northern Brittany.

The French Council of State recently agreed with secular campaigners that the cross should be removed, in accordance with a law dating back to 1905 which prohibits the display of religious emblems in public spaces.

Protesters gathered today to voice their dismay at that ruling. One held a sign calling for an end to so-called "Christian-phobia" in France.

Local politician David Cabass said, "[The cross] is important, because this is our history our culture. We are in the middle of Ploermel, between two Catholic schools, and if [the courts] want to destroy our country, it needs to be uprooted.”

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Hundreds of people rallied under the banner of #handsoffmycross in Ploermel on Sunday after a legal decision paved the way for the removal of a cross in the town’s main square.

Pope John Paul II Square features a statue of former head of the Catholic Church, but it is the cross which sits above the statue that has been the subject of fierce debate in northern Brittany.

The French Council of State recently agreed with secular campaigners that the cross should be removed, in accordance with a law dating back to 1905 which prohibits the display of religious emblems in public spaces.

Protesters gathered today to voice their dismay at that ruling. One held a sign calling for an end to so-called "Christian-phobia" in France.

Local politician David Cabass said, "[The cross] is important, because this is our history our culture. We are in the middle of Ploermel, between two Catholic schools, and if [the courts] want to destroy our country, it needs to be uprooted.”

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