French president addresses recent anti-gay violence

Dozens of people holding anti gay marriage protest signs.

Protestors gathered in Paris to oppose same-sex marriage and adoption rights.


The French Parliament prepares for its final vote on marriage equality next week, and opponents of gay and lesbian marriage equality have promised violence and homophobic attacks have begun to increase. French President François Hollande has denounced these reactions.

On Wednesday, several thousand protesters took to the streets of Paris, leading to cars and public property being damaged, as well as police officers and journalists being attacked. Wednesday night, four people carried out an attack at a gay bar, punching the bar manager, throwing chairs through windows, and causing other material damage. On Monday, 70 anti-gay protesters were arrested for attempting to set up a campsite outside the National Assembly.


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