issue of France's Muslims moved front and center into the presidential
campaign with the incumbent, Nicolas Sarkozy, excluding on Saturday any
special indulgences for halal meat or separate swimming hours for Muslim
women in public pools.
Echoing his 2007 campaign, Sarkozy
insisted that French civilization must prevail in France. He created
France's first Ministry of Immigration and National Identity after being
elected, but has since done away with it.
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