http://www.expatica.com/actual/article.asp?subchannel_id=25&story_id=33213 PARIS, Sept 19, 2006 (AFP) - A large majority of French Muslims support sexual equality, free choice in religion and the separation of church and state, flying in the face of some Western cliches on Islam, a new poll reveals. Of the Muslims questioned, 91 percent said they supported male-female equality, while 69 percent would accept a Muslim woman marrying a non-Muslim, according to the CSA poll to be published Thursday by the Roman Catholic weekly La Vie. Some 73 percent also said they agreed with the French separation of church and state -- an issue spotlighted two years ago by a contentious ban on religious signs including Muslim headscarves in state schools. Fully 94 percent said they believed people were equal regardless of their religion, and 46 percent that it was acceptable for a Muslim to convert to Christianity -- against 45 percent who said the opposite. *** For many of us, this poll is only a little surprising, but given the anti-Muslim rhetoric expressed by some, some might find the poll results rather shocking. AFP is the French press agency, and thus in France I believe as legitimate as CNN would be here, but I will say that I find it strange that the article does not say more about who conducted the poll.