French police have arrested more than
100 activists as protests against a bill legalizing marriage and
adoption for gay couples enters its final phase.
The measure has already been approved
in the French parliament's upper and lower houses. A final vote in
the National Assembly is planned for Tuesday and is considered a
Opponents, however, have not lessened
their demands that the Socialist government of President Francois
Hollande abandon its plan and let the people decide the issue. In
Paris, they marched for three nights in a row starting on Wednesday.
Police have arrested more than 100
people as activists damaged cars and public property and attacked
police officers and two journalists, The
On Sunday, tens of thousands joined a
demonstration in Paris.
Organizers said they expected between
30,000 and 50,000 people to join the march.
Actress Frigide Barjot, whose group
Manif pour Tous (Demonstration for All) has vociferously
opposed passage of the measure, told media that she wanted a peaceful
“We want a peaceful demonstration and
we reject all groups that directly target homosexual people,”
AFP reported that police had detained three protesters carrying
canisters of teargas.
Equal marriage supporters gathered for
a counter demonstration on the large Bastille square.
“Those who are for more equality must
also make themselves heard,” said Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe, who
is openly gay.