Europe | France’s pivotal presidential election is testing the ability of French evangelicals and social conservatives to impact politics
by Jenny Lind Schmitt
Posted 3/29/17, 04:13 pm
MONTBÉLIARD, France—The French revere the notion of laïcité (secularism) and hold it alongside the ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity—but how it is put into practice may be changing. When a leading candidate in this spring’s presidential election, François Fillon, declared that his Catholic faith informs his policy positions, he was the first major party candidate to make such a profession in 50 years. Meanwhile, the National Council of Evangelicals of France (CNEF) has begun a campaign to inform citizens of their right to freedom of expression.