Friday, September 26, 2008

For French Muslims, a Catholic education

Amina Zaidi (center) and Nadia Oualane (right) in the courtyard of the St. Maurton Catholic School in Marseille. (Franco Zecchin for the International Herald Tribune )

The bright cafeteria of Saint Mauront Catholic school is conspicuously quiet: It is Ramadan and 80 percent of the students are Muslim. When the lunch bell rings, girls and boys stream out past the crucifixes and the large wooden cross in the corridor, heading for Muslim midday prayer.

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