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France is a dichotomy in the fact that it celebrates so many religious holidays, yet demands that people show no outward signs of their religion.
As we were walking in Aix en Provence one day, we came upon this government building.
And we were surprised me to see this statue of Mary, the Virgin Mother, on a government building. I guess people can't wear signs of religion, but the government is still catholic deep down.
In 2004, the government passed a bill against wearing any veils or signs for religious reasons in public schools. Most people think the goal was to prevent Muslim women from wearing the hijab in school. But for a country that wants no signs of religion, it's curious that it celebrates both Ascension and Pentecost in May with three-day or four-day weekends.
Even in a country I love, I'm not going to agree with everything.
But I see no harm in the occasional religious statuary on government buildings, like this one of Mary.
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