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Laurent Wauquiez's Christmas crib considered illegal by justice

In particular, the court rejected the cultural character invoked by Mr Wauquiez and considered that the installation of this crèche "ignored the principle of neutrality".

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Laurent Wauquiez's Christmas crib considered illegal by justice
The Lyon Administrative Court declared Friday 6 October that it annulled decision of Laurent Wauquiez, president of Republicans of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Regional Council, to install a Christmas crib in premises of Hotel de région in December 2016.

Asked by Agence France-Presse, Mr. Wauquiez's office indicated that region [would] of course appeal this decision. The Administrative Tribunal clearly confused cultural and worship, he said.

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The installation of a Christmas crib "by a public person in a public place" (...) "Ignores principle of neutrality in absence of cultural, artistic or festive character," judged court, seized by French League for defence of human rights and Citizen and Federation of Free thought and social action of Rhône.

After recalling constitutional provisions on neutrality of public persons with regard to cults, court, taking up conditions laid down by Council of State, clarified that such a facility "is not legally Possible only when it presents a cultural, artistic or festive character without expressing recognition of a cult and does not mark any religious preference.

The court considers that, in present case, installation did not present a cultural, artistic or festive character. He stressed, in particular, that " manufacture of health by local craftsmen is not sufficient to demonstrate artistic character" and that no crèche had ever been installed in premises of Lyon headquarters of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

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