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French Protest Supports Scientology

October 28, 2000|Associated Press

PARIS — Thousands joined actress Kirstie Alley and singer Isaac Hayes in a protest against the French government attitudes toward the Los Angeles-based Church of Scientology.

After the rally in the city center, the international group of protesters moved elsewhere for a day of speeches and concerts.

Scientology has long had a contentious relationship with France and figures on a list of 178 groups being monitored to limit so-called cult activities. Scientology is seeking recognition as a legitimate religion in Europe.

"Our freedom of thought is under siege," said Alley.

Hayes asked, "If it's religion today, what will it be tomorrow?"

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