France Adjusts Laws To Allow Islamic Banking
STEVE INSKEEP, Host:
We have a report this morning from Eleanor Beardsley.
ELEANOR BEARDSLEY: French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde gave the government's new pitch recently on a television channel aimed at Muslims.
CHRISTINE LAGARDE: (Through translator) I would like to convince you that London is not your only choice for Islamic investment, but that Paris is also ready to welcome you and any of your clients who are looking for an alternative.
BEARDSLEY: But that isn't going over well with some opposition politicians who accused the government of undermining France's much cherished secularism.
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BEARDSLEY: Unidentified Man: (French spoken)
BEARDSLEY: For NPR News, I'm Eleanor Beardsley in Paris.
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