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IN 2009, Italy was told by the Euro­pean Court to re­move cru­ci­fixes from schools.

The court said the dis­play of cru­ci­fixes could be dis­turb­ing to non-chris­tian or athe­ist pupils.

The case cen­tred on a com­plaint made by a Fin­nish woman, Soile Lautsi, who is mar­ried to an Ital­ian.

She ob­jected that her two chil­dren had to at­tend a public school in north­ern Italy which had cru­ci­fixes in ev­ery class­room.

Her case went to the Euro­pean Court of Hu­man Rights and, in 2009, it ruled in her favour.

The decision caused outrage in Italy, where the cru­ci­fix is seen as a sym­bol of na­tional iden­tity.

The Ital­ian gov­ern­ment sim­ply ig­nored the rul­ing and ap­pealed.

Know­ing the huge outrage in Italy caused by the ban and faced with the fact that the Ital­ian gov­ern­ment would sim­ply refuse to re­move the re­li­gious sym­bols, the court backed down and over­turned its pre­vi­ous rul­ing.

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