You're right.<quoted text>
Just a comment, I'm English and an Atheist. I've lived in france for over 20 years. "Paris is not France"! Just as "London is not England" All the people I have ever met are French first and thier religion is thier own business, secondry to being French. No problems! A true paradice of live and let live.
I've done a fair bit of travelling and I've always believed that going out into the country and away from the capital city is a good way to see what a country is really about.