Les avatars de la culture laïque

Jean Baubérot, dans Vingtième Siècle, revue d’histoire, n°44, octobre-décembre 1994. La culture politique en France depuis De Gaulle. pp. 51-57.


The banners of the 16 January 1994 demonstration seemed to indicate a forceful return of secular culture. Nevertheless, recent
events were not a « reverse 1984 ». In the meantime, the secular ideal was rejuvenated at the very time it was returning to its
sources. The result is that secularism was and remains a difficult and conflictual awareness of democratic demands within a
republican logic which has so deeply shaped French political culture since 1789.