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French government embroiled in row over faith-based election candidate lists

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Interior minister Christophe Castane, left, and budget minister Gérald Darmanin, right, were the first to raise the issue after the 2019 European elections. © Reuters Interior minister Christophe Castane, left, and budget minister Gérald Darmanin, right, were the first to raise the issue after the 2019 European elections. © Reuters

Right-wing politicians want religion-based election candidates lists to be banned in France. This comes after a group calling itself the Union of French Muslim Democrats stood in this year's European elections, in which it won just 0.13% of the popular vote. Some members of the government are said to be tempted by the idea of a ban, but President Emmanuel Macron has rejected this approach. Instead, Ellen Salvi reports, he is looking at other possible avenues, including extending the religious neutrality that civil servants have to observe to elected representatives.