The charter, which was ratified by member states in the year 2000, recognizes the right to life but does not mention abortion.
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President Macron of France made the appeal the day after the European Union’s law-making body elected the pro-life Maltese politician Roberta Metsola as its new president.
The French president met privately with the Holy Father on Nov. 26 before heading into discussions with officials from the Vatican Secretariat of State.
Access to churches and other faith communities is not expected to be restricted by the country’s anti-COVID measures, which take effect Aug. 1.
Last year, the French Senate passed a bill mandating that Notre-Dame be rebuilt as it was before the fire.
French officials told reporters April 21 that the pope and Macron had discussed the debts of developing countries, aid to Africa, the need for a global ceasefire and the importance of a united Europe.
While France was once referred to as the “eldest daughter of the Church,” the country’s legal secularism has required strict neutrality of the state in religious matters since 1905.