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France: Riot police in violent clashes with protesters against newly signed equal marriage bill

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  1. Liam the God 24 Apr 2013, 1:30am

    Fascists not respecting the Democratic Process! THAT’S never happened before. Oh, WAIT! Yes it has! EVERY FVCKING TIME! I’m sure there’s a pattern, if I could only see it…….
    All yours, Paul the Pterodactyl

  2. CanadianChris 24 Apr 2013, 1:49am

    What kind of pathetic, no-life human being must you be to be so worked up over tax-paying, law abiding people being given their rights? Doesn’t France have more pressing issues to worry about? Like trying not to become the next Greece or Spain?

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 24 Apr 2013, 11:36am

      Only religious nutters, in this case, French catholics would get so bent out of shape over something that doesn’t even affect them. The roman cult hierarchy of Notre Dame de Paris fomented Manif pour Tous as well as the violence. Of course, we won’t be seeing any arrest warrants.

  3. What happened to the gentle, open-minded, sweet impression i always got about the French people? Don’t tell me that your smooth sweetness is nothing but “fear of life” in disguise! Get rid of your religious beliefs and start to live life just like you breathe through your beautiful language: like a breeze.

    1. Look at the positive side, what happened is that those French people who impressed you with their gentle, open-minded, sweetness have passed marriage equality in the face of so much bigotry, thuggery and violence.
      Vive la France!

    2. fredlynew, I once entertained untrue notions of “the French people”, just as I once entertained untrue notions of “the British”. We musn’t lose sight of the extraordinary homophobia that has been demonstrated here in the UK over the past twelve months due to the introduction of the Same Sex Couples Bill.

      Granted, we haven’t seen the same level of physical objection and protesting as there has been in France, but that is probably because we Brits don’t express ourselves very easily in public. But British vitriole behind the scenes has been massive – and we have had a number of instances of gay men being violently attacked in this country during the course of the last year. Those attacks have been documented here on Pink News.

  4. I have often heard it said that French is the language of diplomacy. Oh yeah what is so diplomatic about denying someone their rights by protesting violently in the streets against authority and the majority. I always thought the French were for freedom ,equality fraternity. I guess like the Religious right nutcases in America that only applies if you agree with ME!!! I thought that France was a secular country who could not be highjacked by the Church.

    1. The French have passed marriage equality. Those who were anti-equality have shown themselves to be thuggish ignorant trash.

  5. Barry William Teske 24 Apr 2013, 3:23am

    Like I said, France never really got rid of its Nazi Occupiers.

    1. Do you really mean what you have said, Barry? Your statement suggests that you believe that there currently exist in France powerful members, or descendants, of the Third Reich. And that’s absurd.

    2. de Villiers 24 Apr 2013, 3:16pm

      Idiot Barry Teske.

      France elects a Socialist President and a gay Mayor of Paris and makes gay marriage.

      And Barry-no-brains thinks that France is still occupied by Nazis.

      Perhaps Barry’s head is occupied by nothing.

    3. de Villiers 24 Apr 2013, 6:41pm

      For those who put a +1 next to idiot Barry-no-brains: the Nazi occupiers did things like this.

      They would throw the babies of Jews out of windows. They would then try to shoot them – as in this way if they were shooting clay pigeons. It was for shooting practice.

      Horrific. And the Pétain regime caused near civil war in France.

      It seems that English people know so little about the evil of the ‘Nazi Occupiers’ that they can use this label for the stupid ‘manif pour tous’.

      Really. I am not sure who is more stupid.

      1. Hysterical Screamer No. 243 24 Apr 2013, 8:19pm

        Some little English boys, and girls, are pathetic.

  6. As Fundamentalism is gradually failing here in the States, it is growing in countries like France. In this I think that there will be more bloodshed and violence.

  7. Disgusting! Violent, hateful idiots protesting about something that won’t affect them one bit. They should hang their heads in shame.

    Typical of the insecure that they always have to have some group of people to victimise and bully to make up for their own inadequacies.

  8. Helge Vladimir Tiller 24 Apr 2013, 6:47am

    Give them a smile in return–They lost. Bad losers-

  9. What a disgrace, but isn’t this, at least in part, a way of having a go at Hollande by his political opponents for winning the election?. Surely no sane people would get so worked up about a relatively small group achieving equality?

  10. Yes, a few extremists made a little riot. But how about some more positive (and more important) news regarding the huge demonstration at the Paris City Hall yesterday around 6 PM, with the differents mayors of Paris… and Bertrand Delanoë, Family Minsiter Dominique Bertinotti and so many other people who voted FOR marriage equality one hour before? That is some news we would like to see and read. That moment was AWESOME!
    There was an atmosphere of happiness, like we won over hate, insults and so many bad things… and we stood tall. An finally, equal.

    1. Thank you, Francis. I’ve just read the quality English press and haven’t seen any reference to the scene you’ve described, yet a week ago the English press did report on the jubilation in New Zealand when their Marriage Equality legislation was passed, but of course NZ is regarded as “one of our former colonies”, while France has never been that. Sadly there are still too many arrogant Brits who regard anything happening on the side of the Channel as the doings of “Johnny Foreigner”.

      Please do share with us any links to YouTube footage of your celebrations in Paris!

      1. nz was a former colony – no need to ‘regard’ it as one.

        1. There is a choice, Bramble, in how to regard everything. We can look at other parts of this world and regard them as former colonies, or we can look at those same parts of the world and regard them in a myriad other and better ways.

          A certain unfortunate element of British society still looks beyond Britain’s borders and regards other nations of the earth as “only” former colonies. It pains them immeasurably when they ring the bank or the phone company and discover taht their accounts are being managed and administered by people in a thriving “former colony”, like India.

        2. By the same token, England was once a colony of Normandy. Strange how reluctant people are to see it in that light though, isn’t it?

  11. Har Davids 24 Apr 2013, 8:07am

    What happened to the liberté, egalité and fraternité the French revolution passed on to the world? The French don’t seem to bother to go to church every Sunday, so it’s not as if they really seem to care about religious homophobia. A few thousand protesters are a drop in the ocean, but so many politicians voting against this piece of legislature?

  12. GingerlyColors 24 Apr 2013, 8:11am

    What a load of sad people, using gay marriage of all things for a big barney to kick off. I hope the Gendarmes cracked a few skulls!

    1. It almost sounds like you’re advocating a police state. I certainly don’t hope that any skulls were cracked, I just hope that bigotry dies out and that everyone is equal.

  13. One day, those who were rioting will look back on this and maybe they will think, what was the problem. Although that day is very far off!

    1. Chester666666 24 Apr 2013, 9:01am

      Sadly I doubt it
      I am happy the homophobes failed as homophobia should always fail, the blood etc has been because of the homophobes

  14. Feel that christian/catholic/muslim love!

    I bet 99.99% of the rioting haters are fuelled by the absurdity of their religion.

    1. In many cases it is used as a cover for their innate unpleasantness. I wouldn’t be doing this but I love God you see”

    2. So true, Angela. Well said.

      The religious claim they repudiate hate at the very same time as they manifest it.

      Rational (irreligious) people are at peace with the power and usefulness of anger, knowing that that which is evil, wrong, suppressive, totally deluded, and so forth must be hated, or it will flourish.

  15. Jock S. Trap 24 Apr 2013, 9:19am

    To the violent religious… suck it up…suckers!!

    You voted for this president and his policy now deal with it.

    Well done France!

  16. It will all calm down and then they will look stupid when the world doesn’t end.

  17. I was seriuosly thinking about buying a flat in France. My eyes have been opened.

    1. Are you a masochist?

    2. James, you clearly have not read certain posts of mine in recent months during the extraordinary manifestation of homophobia that we have witnessed here in the UK with regard to Marriage Equality. I have told how even the most liberal and accepting of our heterosexual neighbours in the otherwise delightful environment in which my partner and I live have revealed their hostility towards Marriage Equality.

      You can easily locate a gay ghetto in France in which to live entirely happily, just as easily as you can do so here in Britain.

    3. de Villiers 24 Apr 2013, 3:20pm

      Good James! Open your eyes a bit wider and promise never to buy a flat in France. Even though France has elected a Socialist President, a Socialist Senate, a gay Mayor of Paris and has made gay marriage.

      The French will just have to cope with your boycott. I am sure that they will do their best to manage.

  18. This is the time for the French, who by and large I am certain support Liberty, Justice and whatever for all, to denounce these cretins.

    Amazing what a fw misguided fanatics, zealots and lunatics can do to tarnish the reputation of a very egalitarian and open minded society.

    The Catholic Church of France and whatever Far Right fringe movements bring shame upon the country.

    The thing is, that the more voracious they are, the more likely the rest of France will put its weight behind the bill, who could not? The lunatic fringe is a huge embarrassment for the country and who would want to risk being even slightly though of as being supportive of it.

    Too bad.

    But, the bill has been passed, the age of the worthless meaningless dinosaur has almost passed.


    1. Robert in S. Kensington 24 Apr 2013, 11:28am

      France was never an egalitarian society until equal marriage passed yesterday. Be reminded, the new law also includes gay couples to adopt. We in the UK have been allowed that right without equal marriage for a number of years. There are still limitations for French gay couples regarding children that aren’t on a par with hetero couples in spite of the victory yesterday.

  19. Thankfully in a few years people will look back and wonder what the fuss was all about.

  20. Robert in S. Kensington 24 Apr 2013, 11:31am

    Has anyone noticed the silence of our own anti equal marriage morons? The violence that has erupted over the past few days and the huge victory in Parliament must have had a very sobering effect on them. A major power, a key player in the EU and one of the five permanent members of the UN sends a very powerful message. Poor Ann Widdecombe and Sharon James and their shills on the back benches and in the Lords, not a good day for any of them. The writing is on the wall. They can only resist it for so long. They are outnumbered and they know it.

  21. Saw the riots on euronews, very sad that these natzi thugs blemish what should be a day to celebrate progression on the road to france becoming an egalitarian society.

  22. Xavier Bongibault 24 Apr 2013, 1:14pm

    Majority of protesters in front of Les Invalides was absolutely peaceful, with candles in the arms and singing. Sad, that an violent minority has obtain to much attention from the medias, as all ways.

    1. And have YOU taken action, Xavier, against that “violent minority”?

      Have YOU teamed up with your colleagues to loudly and publicly denounce their behaviour?

      What responsibility are YOU taking for the appalling homophobia of your fellow citizens?

    2. That There Other David 24 Apr 2013, 1:36pm

      The violence has sprung from the words. The anti-equality movement created the violence, now man up and own it.

    3. de Villiers 24 Apr 2013, 3:28pm

      La loi a été votée par une belle majorité. Les ennemis de la démocratie n’ont rien à faire.

      1. C’est en plein ça.

  23. I hope Monsieur Hollande signs that bloody bill damned quick, so that no homophobic nutters in France try anything majorly violent and dramatic to try and make him pause or even stop!

    And then I just hope that the nutters will eventually calm down and return to life as normal!

  24. Bunch of Crétins !!

  25. ChrisMorley 24 Apr 2013, 3:14pm

    The “Archbishop of Paris” IS STILL CARDINAL ANDRé VINGT-TROIS.

    Last week he only stepped down from being the CHAIR OF THE FRENCH CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS after his 3 year term as chair ran out.

  26. David in Indianapolis 24 Apr 2013, 5:43pm

    Just wait until marriage equality is passed in the U.S. What is happening in France will look like puppy shit in comparison. Our religious freaks have guns!

    That said, congratulations to France on doing the right thing, and I’m sorry to hear about all of this appalling violence.

    1. de Villiers 24 Apr 2013, 6:44pm

      > Our religious freaks have guns!

      Do you think that the extreme right might resort to shooting themselves?

  27. Dennis Velco 24 Apr 2013, 11:36pm

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  28. Silence from Pink News(not to mention the BBC ! ) on the attempted murder of Samuel Lafont the young man spearheading the campaign to stop marriage being distorted and destroyed by the homo-fascist lobby in France .

    Stabbed in the back by vicious homosexual activists along with two of his companions, Lafont was unarmed – he had already received death treats . .Twisted messages are already appearing on homosexual social media sites rejoicing in this attack – this from people who hark on about so-called ‘homophobia’ .

    ‘The attacks on freedom of thought start with language. Those who do not resign themselves to accept “homophilia” (the theoretical appreciation of homosexual relations) are charged with “homophobia” (etymologically, the “fear of homosexuality”). ‘

  29. What is the big “deal” is time for new changes, whatever you want to do with your body then go ahead, we are not living when Kings were the only one to be able to be corrupt, gay and able to married who they please, sisters, nieces, brothers or anybody they please, neither we are back in our Lord time where the very whealthy were corrupt,and kill anybody they please, they had no freedom of anything, speech, liberty or the pursuit of happiness. the french people needs to wake up is a new ERA,if you want to be gay, or lesbian or whatever go ahead is your mind and body..and the Church should not get involved nor the government..

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