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Catholicism's fading appeal in France

10 March 2013 Last updated at 14:27 GMT

As Cardinals prepare for their conclave to elect a new Pope, the Catholic Church more followers than ever, but the the number of church-going Catholics is falling year on year in much of Europe.

This is very much the case in France, the first country to adopt Catholicism as its official religion, as Matthew Price reports.