I like this new law, and I like the ban on Burkas (as well as large crosses and yarmulkes) in schools. I also like the fact that the French only allowed the Notre Dame church (the magnificent church in the heart of Paris) and other churches to stay as the property of the church if they would open it up as a public tourist attraction. Thus, the French don't single out one religion over another; they are simply trying to protect their common values and the separation of church and state. France bans street prayers | Reuters A French ban on praying in the street came into force on Friday, driving thousands of Muslim worshippers in northern Paris into a makeshift prayer site in a disused fire brigade barracks, angering a small but vocal minority. The street-prayer ban has highlighted France's problems assimilating its 5-million-strong Muslim community, which lacks prayer space, and follows a long-running controversy, fanned by far-right leader Marine Le Pen, over Muslims forced to lay their prayer mats on the streets in big cities. Interior Minister Claude Gueant directed Muslims in Paris to temporary spaces made available pending the building of a huge new prayer space and warned that force would be used if necessary as police end their tolerance of street prayers. Seven months before a presidential election, the ban has struck some in France as an attempt to rally far-right sympathizers to President Nicolas Sarkozy's center-right camp.