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    August 23, 1997

    French Ministry of Education Allows Saturday Sabbath to Be Observed

    Is Saturday a legitimate day of rest? France's minister of education has decided that it is, Adventist Network News reports. A representative from the ministry confirmed that permission will be granted for Jewish and Seventh-day Adventist students to be absent from school on their Sabbath day, Saturday. Some school directors had been refusing to grant permission for Saturday absence.

    "The letter from the minister of education takes on particular importance in the context of emotional agitation regarding the new religious movements and religious minority groups," commented Maurice Verfaillie, communications director for the Adventist Church in central and southern Europe.

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