Retired European leaders, Nobel Prize winners, et al, have chastized the French for "secularizing the European Union." They said that Christianity was "at the root of the fundamental notion of the individual." As the U.S. Senate was passing the Syria Accountability Act, the French were cozying up to Syria. And, part and parcel of the secularist state debate, the French are considering banning all symbols of religious conviction from state run institutions, including the wearing of veils by Muslim students. An article in the Chicago Tribune considers some of the problems the French are having in integrating Muslims.