Something Peculiar about France

Massimo Introvigne

in The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780195369649
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Something Peculiar about France


The North American anti-cult movement enjoyed considerable success exporting its peculiar ideology to Europe, particularly following the Solar Temple murder-suicides in the mid-1990s. This article begins by analyzing European attitudes toward new religious movements in terms of two types of official reports issued by various nations. It then discusses France, which alone among European countries seems intent on abolishing all new religions.

Keywords: Europe; abolition; Solar Temple; France

Article.  6438 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Alternative Belief Systems

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