Catholics Refused Access to Museum in Rennes

Country: France

Date of incident: April 18, 2012

The Conservatory of Public Schools in refuses entrance to pupils from private Catholic schools. Director Jean-Louis Robert said: “This museum is for pupils of state schools only. We refuse that children from Catholic schools go to this museum. It’s our right and that’s how it is.”

The Conservatory allows children to discover what a class in the beginning of the XXth century looked like. It is organized as a public museum on schools of the beginning of the last century. A teacher from the Catholic school Saint-Joseph of Chantepie was startled when he called to make a reservation for his class and was told that access was denied to him because he was from a Catholic school. He comments: “It’s incredible! Such a sectarism and such discrimination in 2012! It’s outrageous!” Sources: