Conservative protestors take to streets against ‘family-phobic’ French government

France protest

People march in ”La Manif pour Tous” (Demonstration for All) against France’s legalization of same-sex marriage. Visible signs read “a child is not a right.”
(Photo: Reuters/Benoit Tessier)


On Sunday, February 2, over 100,000 protesters gathered in Paris and Lyon to accuse the government of “family-phobia,” due to recent planned policies to introduce gender equality lessons in schools as well as the recent legalization of same-sex marriage.

Anger has been increasing recently due to newspaper speculation that the French government intends to teach gender theory to primary school children. Many newspapers’ claims spiraled out of control, with some reporting that the government intends to teach children how to masturbate and reject their own sexual identity. The government has denied that any of this speculation is true. Many conservatives in France have struggled to accept the legalization of equal marriage since the law was passed on May 18, 2013, leading to a variety of protests


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