Hundreds of thousands of people including French families, activists and conservatives converged on the French capital, Paris, to try and stop the country from allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children. Organisers estimated the protest numbers at 1.4 million.
A bill was passed in the Lower House of Parliament and awaits Senate approval. French riot police fought back crowds who pushed their way onto Paris’ landmark Champs-Elysees as part of a large protest against the draft law. Both houses of parliament in this traditionally Catholic country are dominated by President Francios Hollande’s Socialist Party and its allies.
Protesters hoisted signs reading “Don’t touch marriage, take care of unemployment!” and “Everyone is born from a man and a woman”. “Hollande, Resignation!” they chanted, before breaking into the French national anthem.
See Video Images to assess for yourself size of ant-gay marriage protest. (Published 25 March 2013).
See Report: http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1199578/tear-gas-batons-used-control-huge-paris-rally-against-gay-marriage.