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French President Francois Hollande condemns anti-gay attacks

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  1. I wouldn’t like to be a gay or a jew living in France.

    Its becoming increasingly homophobic and anti-semitic.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 18 Apr 2013, 3:02pm

      And, the French don’t assimilate their foreign residents as well as the UK either, especially muslims. We do a far better job of it. Just look at the riots over the past five years. We haven’t really had any, not even during the equal marriage debate. With all our faults and shortcomings, we’re still a better society than they are.

      1. Hi, Robert. I would like to agree with you but I can’t. Having spent quite a lot of time in Paris I have been amazed by the much much greater assimilation there has been there, than here in the UK. For example, walk through inner Paris, and outer Paris, and you will see over and over again white French and black French voluntarily, happily, and easily interacting and socialising. You will see many instances of a white and a black heterosexual couple walking arm in arm, or hand in hand down the street. You’re tempted to think that only the young have got past racism, until you turn a corner and see two middle-aged security men, for example, genuinely chortling away with each other in French like true equals. Of course, this is not the case right across the board, but I do believe that integration is more advanced there than here. We like to think we are the best, but the fact is we simply aren’t.

        1. I have to disagree. The U.K – especially London has some of the highest rates of mixed race relationships. It’s literally everywhere. I just don’t see that is Paris or France as a whole.

      2. I’m glad the French don’t “assimilate” muslims, neither should we. They need to accept our cultural norms. The two don’t cohabit well if at all.

        How can you assimilate people who think women are second class citizens? In our culture women are equal, you cannot compromise on that.

    2. de Villiers 19 Apr 2013, 7:41am

      It is really stupid to imagine that a country that is physically the largest in Europe with the second highest population can be dismissed with such broad and prejudiced comments.

      France elects a socialist President and passes gay marriage and yet you consider that it has become increasingly homophobic?

      Some English and Americans really think that the civilised world does not exist outside their borders.

      1. Possibly the only time I’ve ever agreed with you de Villiers. Well said.

        It’s not that France is without problems, but people in glass houses should probably refrain from throwing stones.

  2. The French government are effectively facing a terrorist blackmail from the fascist anti equal marriage mob, maybe we should have left them under Hitler as a lot of the French seem to condone this fascism.

    1. A lot of the French, both today and in history, are counted as being among the many victims of fascism.
      And a lot of French people, both today and in history, have been on the front lines in fighting against fascism.

      Just because there are some bad people out there doesn’t mean we have to abandon those who have to live alongside them.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 18 Apr 2013, 3:03pm

        I agree, but the decent ones aren’t doing anything to counter them. Same in the UK to some extent, especially during the EM debate.

        1. Yes, see at the Peruvian article about the man saying he’ll shoot his balls off! Decent PinkNews readers all rush to make their comments there, but say very little about the much more frightening and important issues going on just the other side of the English fucking Channel!

        2. Agreed, I don’t see mass rallies from the moderate French protesting against the evil fascists in their country, if they are as previous commentator said “on the front lines in fighting against fascism”.

  3. underneath all the glitz , educated and beautiful France still lives a very far right , homophobic , racist and vile bit of French society

  4. It’s disgusting that they were even allowed to march. Where are France’s anti-fascists? Have they just been sitting by idly while Marine le Pen sailed to power and now this?

    Frigide Barjot is a fu-cking scumbag and the Catholic Church is no better for supporting her.

  5. Robert in S. Kensington 18 Apr 2013, 3:00pm

    They should arrest that bloody awful Frigide Barjot, the instigator in all this. She’s threatened blood and should suffer the consequences for incitement to riot and violence against people. These proves by any shadow of a doubt that she and her hatemongers not only hate the legislation but gay people, even though she claims otherwise. This makes our own hatemongers of C4M look relatively moderate comparatively. Good for PM Hollande. I only wish Cameron and others had the courage to do the same against the hateful rhetoric traducing EM.

    1. I’m afraid that gay people often know, full well, what their rights are, and how they’re being wronged, but too often gay people are too passive to rise up and take real action. In the end we will see that only some gutsy group in France, like the UK’s Outrage group (led by Peter Tatchell), will get its act together and respond in a loud and noticeable way.

    2. Don’t forget that French Catholic Bishop too!

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