When France's laws on secularism don't apply to all

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Under the French constitution, all are equal before the fundamental principle of secularism inscribed within it, the founding stone of which is the 1905 law separating religions and state. But an incident this month involving members of the municipal council of the city of Toulouse, in south-west France, suggested that some are less equal than others.