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Catholic mayor introduces new blasphemy law in Italian town

The city council of Saonara, a town near Padua has introduced a law making it illegal "to blaspheme against any faith or religion" and utter foul language in public.

The town has a population of 10,000 residents and anyone found in breach of the new law could find themselves facing a fine up to €400 (£360).

The town's mayor, Walter Stefan, said the move was designed to get rid of uncivilised behaviour.

Mayor Stefan told the Daily Telegraph: "With this law, you will not be able to cause offence to any religion, we have to respect the faithful."

They mayor who is a practising Catholic, said it was designed to protect all faiths, not only Christianity.

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