Anger in France as locals are forced to take down a statue of the Virgin Mary that stands over their town because of a ban on displaying religious images
- The statue of the Virgin Mary was erected in 2011 despite the national ban
- An order to have it removed was made in January 2015 but was ignored
- Now a judge has threatened Publier with a daily fine if they do not comply
- Publier’s mayor said it will be moved to private land within three months
By Paddy Dinham For Mainline
PUBLISHED: 12:06 EST, 4 December 2016 | UPDATED: 12:12 EST, 4 December 2016
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A town in France has been ordered to tear down a statue of the Virgin Mary to comply with a national ban on religious symbols in public.
A judge warned the town council of Publier – on the shores of Lake Geneva – that it will be fined €100 a day if the marble effigy is not removed within three months.
The statue is owned by a Roman Catholic association and was installed in a park overlooking the lake in 2011.
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Anyone remember when France was “Catholic”?
And, tell me that Catholics, Christianity, religion isn’t under attack?
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