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Lessons in morale laïque set to be introduced

THE French education minister, Vincent Peillon, has outlined plans to provide children with education in 'secular morality' or morale laïque.

In a report the minister said that children will have an hour a week in the subject at primaire and collège level, and 18 hours a year at lycée.

The new classes are set to be in place by September 2015 are designed to promote the Republican values of France and ensure there is a clear line between the state and religion.

However, opponents have said see the measures as decisive and question the effectiveness of the lessons, especially as they will not be strictly timetabled and are expected to be incorporated into existing classes.

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