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The administrative and financial powers of the prefects – traditional agents of the central state – were correspondingly diminished. Second, new powers were granted to the local authorities: the communes had increased authority over planning, especially in towns of over 10,000 inhabitants; and the departments had greater powers in health, social welfare, education, road maintenance and school bus transport. It is the bigger towns and the departments that have gained most from the reforms. But major problems remain.

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The school is the cradle of the Republic. Besides its mission to instruct, it should ensure the apprenticeship of civic virtues. From childhood on, it is necessary to create and sustain a deep feeling of attachment to Republican values, comprising in the first rank laïcité [secular education], respect for public matters, and adhesion to an active and responsible citizenship, which all together make up our rights and duties . . [thus] not only civic instruction but also civic morality. Secularity (education separated from religious teaching) is the ‘supreme French Republican value’, affirmed President Chirac in an earlier (March 1997) address to the ‘younger generation’.

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