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October 16, 2013

Valérie Trierweiler used her partner François Hollande’s state visit to discuss how constitutional rights are not translating to a better life for some LGBTI people

France’s First Lady Valérie Trierweiler has met South African LGBT activists to discuss how daily life doesn’t match the promise of the country’s constitution.

She held the talks on Monday (14 October) while she and her partner, French President François Hollande, were in the country for a two-day state visit.

October 16, 2013

Valérie Trierweiler used her partner François Hollande’s state visit to discuss how constitutional rights are not translating to a better life for some LGBTI people

France’s First Lady Valérie Trierweiler has met South African LGBT activists to discuss how daily life doesn’t match the promise of the country’s constitution.

She held the talks on Monday (14 October) while she and her partner, French President François Hollande, were in the country for a two-day state visit.

July 18, 2013

Inspiration for the new stamp in France is the leader of FEMEN, a feminist pro-gay group, who has spoken out against homophobia

France's bigots are boycotting the post over a new stamp as it was revealed to be inspired by a pro-gay feminist.

In every new presidential term, a design competition takes place where secondary school students choose three images that could become the new basic postage stamp. President François Hollande then chooses the winner.

When it was revealed the new stamp of Hollande’s administration would be a cartoon style image of a beautiful woman holding up her hand called Marianne, the president praised it as an ‘illustration of youth’.

July 10, 2013

Masked muscle men get into their trunks to storm the beach and demand freedom for an anti-gay activist

The world’s most homoerotic anti-gay marriage protestors are at it again – getting down to their trunks to invade France and ‘liberate’ a fellow activist.

The young, masked, muscled men – Les Hommen – are at war with France’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage.

And in a shambolic recreation of the D-Day landings, they storm their way onto the beach.

June 20, 2013

A 23-year-old was sentenced to four months in prison after protesting outside a television studio where President François Hollande was in an interview

The first person to be thrown in jail for protesting against equal marriage in France was sentenced to jail yesterday (20 June).

A Paris court sentenced Nicolas (no last name reported), 23, to four months in prison and given a fine of €1000 ($1.3k).

On Sunday (16 June), he participated in an anti-gay protest outside French television channel M6 studios where President François Hollande was being interviewed.

June 20, 2013

A 23-year-old was sentenced to four months in prison after protesting outside a television studio where President François Hollande was in an interview

The first person to be thrown in jail for protesting against equal marriage in France was sentenced to jail yesterday (20 June).

A Paris court sentenced Nicolas (no last name reported), 23, to four months in prison and given a fine of €1000 ($1.3k).

On Sunday (16 June), he participated in an anti-gay protest outside French television channel M6 studios where President François Hollande was being interviewed.

June 16, 2013

Provoking a nation already torn over gay marriage, the head of the Roman Catholic Church urges French politicians not to follow ‘fashions of the moment’

Pope Francis encouraged French politicians to take matters into their own hands in a speech apprently directed at gay marriage.

Speaking to a delegation of French politicians and representatives at the Vatican yesterday, Pope Francis called France a ‘nation to which the eyes of the world often turn,’ pointing to the controversial Marriage for All Bill that split the country into in an unprecedented show of public discord between gay marriage opponents and supporters.

June 9, 2013

Gay marriage opponents take their fight to the French Open, briefly stopping play at mens' final

The French Open men's final was briefly stopped by anti-gay marriage advocates who ran on the court.

Two shirtless protestors appeared in the front row, behind the players bench, after the sixth game of the second set. According to CBS News, one unidentified man lit a flare and rushed on the court.

The masked protestor was tackled by security and removed. His accomplice also made it onto the court before being surrounded by guards.

May 24, 2013

French comic Frigide Barjot, a leader of the anti-gay marriage movement, claims she will not attend nationwide protest due to 'violent climate'

France’s anti-gay leader Frigide Barjot has said she will not attend the nationwide protest against marriage equality on Sunday (26 May).

Thousands are expected to line the French city streets to protest against ‘Marriage For All’ bill.

This is despite of President Francois Hollande signing the bill into law last week.

Barjot said while her decision was not final, she said she was ‘reluctant’ to go the event because of the ‘climate of violence’.

May 21, 2013

Dominique Venner, 78, recently criticized the new French law on same-sex marriage. He had a past as a far-right activist

A famous far-right historian and anti-gay marriage activist has shot himself inside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, at around 4pm local time today (21 May).

Dominique Venner, 78, committed suicide in front of several tourists in the renowned French temple of Christianity.

Police confirmed the suicide, but Venner’s reasons are still unknown.

The cathedral was also evacuated. A letter was found on Venner’s body, but its content has not been revealed.

May 18, 2013

Australian Opposition leader Tony Abbott’s electorate office has been picketed by over 100 people calling for him to allow a free vote on marriage equality after France legalized same-sex marriage

Australian supporters of marriage equality have picketed the electorate office of Opposition leader Tony Abbott to mark the signing into law of same-sex marriage by French President Francois Hollande.

Over 120 people gathered today outside Abbott’s Manly electorate office to highlight the fact that Australia is increasingly out of step with its international peers, with same-sex marriage legislation passing in New Zealand last month and France becoming the 14th country to allow same-sex couples.

May 18, 2013

Montpellier’s mayor proudly announced that the first gay marriage in France would take place in her city in just ten days time

The mayor of Montpellier, France announced that her city will celebrate the first gay marriage on 29 May.

The celebration will take place as soon as the French marriage equality law is officially promulgated, ten days after signed by president François Hollande and published in the Official Journal, explained today (18 May) the city’s mayor Hélène Mandroux.

May 17, 2013

French Constitutional Council has validated same-sex marriage equality

France has passed the final hurdle to make same-sex marriage law after the Constitutional Council ratified the legislation passed by parliament.

President Francois Hollande has promised to rapidly sign the bill as soon as possible.

Both France’s National Assembly and Senate had already passed same-sex marriage and adoption.

May 15, 2013

Homophobic hate crimes peak in the run-up to the introduction of same-sex marriage in France.

Assaults on the LGBT community and incidents of homophobic hate speech have both risen sharply in France over the last year.

The number of calls to SOS Homophobie’s helpline were up by 27% on the previous year.

Homophobic hate crime spiked last year in the run-up to the French parliament's approval of a Bill allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children.

Incidents doubled in October and November when compared with the previous year, and tripled in December.

May 3, 2013

Thierry Speitel is the latest of politicians who have been sent death threats over their support for marriage equality

A gay mayor in France is the latest politician to be sent death threats in the mail.

Thierry Speitel, mayor of Sigoldsheim in the Haut-Rhin area of eastern France, was sent bullets through the post this week over his equal marriage support.

Speitel, who is gay himself, said he was shocked by the incident and described the act as ‘odious’, The Local reports.

April 23, 2013

National Assembly has voted 331 in favor, and 225 against same-sex marriage, giving President François Hollande 15 days to sign it into law

France’s National Assembly has voted for the last time to make same-sex marriage and adoption legal today (23 April).

The ‘Marriage for All’ bill has divided the nation, with several large protests being held for and against equality.

In recent weeks, homophobic attacks have spiked and some legislators have received threats.

The ‘Marriage for All’ bill will now be sent to President François Hollande, who has 15 days to sign it into law.

April 23, 2013

French police are taking extra precuations as they expect widespread violent protests after the National Assembly votes

French police have readied water cannons in case protests against marriage equality become violent today (23 April).

The riot control devices are lining France’s National Assembly as lawmakers prepare for a final vote to legalize same-sex marriage.

Christophe Crepin, spokesman for the police union UNSA, told the Associated Press the extraordinary security is in place as a protection.

In recent weeks, homophobic attacks have spiked and some legislators have received threats.

April 22, 2013

Anti-gay extremists have sent a threatening letter to Claude Bartolone, the head of France's National Assembly, ordering him to cancel the 'Marriage For All' vote

The head of the French parliament has received a letter containing gunpowder, ordering him to put off tomorrow’s vote on marriage equality.

Claude Bartolone, the Socialist President of France’s National Assembly, received the threatening letter today (22 April).

The one-page letter warns: ‘You wanted war, and you’ve got it.’

April 22, 2013

Anti-gay extremists have sent a threatening letter to Claude Bartolone, the head of France's National Assembly, ordering him to cancel the 'Marriage For All' vote

The head of the French parliament has received a letter containing gunpowder, ordering him to put off tomorrow’s vote on marriage equality.

Claude Bartolone, the Socialist President of France’s National Assembly, received the threatening letter today (22 April).

The one-page letter warns: ‘You wanted war, and you’ve got it.’

April 19, 2013

Male protestors against same-sex marriage are stripping off their shirts, writing slogans on their chest and parading across France against gay marriage

Men are stripping to the waist, scribbling slogans on their body, holding hands and demonstrating across France against gay marriage.

Sometimes masked, sometimes gagged but almost always half-naked, they are Les Hommen – an action group against marriage equality.

It appears to be a parody of Femen, the topless feminist protestors who rallied against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s gay rights record on his recent visit to Amersterdam.

April 19, 2013

Male protestors against same-sex marriage are stripping off their shirts, writing slogans on their chest and parading across France against gay marriage

Men are stripping to the waist, scribbling slogans on their body, holding hands and demonstrating across France against gay marriage.

Sometimes masked, sometimes gagged but almost always half-naked, they are Les Hommen – an action group against marriage equality.

It appears to be a parody of Femen, the topless feminist protestors who rallied against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s gay rights record on his recent visit to Amersterdam.

April 19, 2013

French president has condemned the recent rise in homophobic attacks, saying while he believes everyone must be heard 'the law must be respected'

French President Francois Hollande has warned those behind a rise in homophobic violence will be punished.

As the National Assembly prepares for a final vote on the ‘Marriage for All’ law, the once peaceful protests have become more violent.

In one attack, four men broke into a gay bar in the northern city of Lille and three employees were assaulted.

April 19, 2013

French president has condemned the recent rise in homophobic attacks, saying while he believes everyone must be heard 'the law must be respected'

French President Francois Hollande has warned those behind a rise in homophobic violence will be punished.

As the National Assembly prepares for a final vote on the ‘Marriage for All’ law, the once peaceful protests have become more violent.

In one attack, four men broke into a gay bar in the northern city of Lille and three employees were assaulted.

April 15, 2013

Police have arrested ‘dozens’ of anti-gay protestors setting up a campsite outside the National Assembly near the banks of the Seine river in France

French police say they have arrested around 70 people and put them in custody after they tried to set up an anti-gay protest camp outside the National Assembly.

The French Senate has now approved same-sex marriage and adoption by gay couples. Now lawmakers have moved it back to the National Assembly for a vote earlier than expected – on 23 April.