3rd July 2012
French gay couples to get marriage and adoption rights in 2013 27
8:45 PM — France's prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told parliament today that gay couples will be permitted to marry and adopt children in 2013. Mr Ayrault was making a keynote speech setting out the socialist government's five-year political and social agenda.
2nd July 2012
Paris pride celebrates commitment to equal marriage and adoption laws 5
4:59 PM — Organizers say approximately 700,000 people took place this year in Paris’s gay pride which was exceptionally energised given France’s newly elected socialist government's pledge to swiftly legalise gay marriages and adoption rights.
27th June 2012
Cannes: Sexuality questionnaire pulled after ‘shocking’ retirees 9
2:30 PM — Following complaints, authorities in Cannes have pulled a questionnaire intended to shed light on why the area has a higher proportion of older people being diagnosed with HIV.
22nd June 2012
France: Cohabiting gay men ‘twice as likely to be unemployed as straight counterparts’ 32
2:57 PM — French researches say they have determined that men in co-habiting gay relationships are twice as likely to be unemployed as straight men living with a female partner.
15th June 2012
French blood donation ban for gay men to be lifted ‘in coming months’ 57
2:01 PM — The ban on the donation of blood by men who have sex with men in France is due to be lifted 'in the coming months'.
1st June 2012
Manhunt continues for ‘killer bisexual porn actor’
7:02 PM — The hunt for a man who is believed to have murdered and dismembered a male lover and sent parts of his body to government officials has continued today.
French prime minister: Equal marriage and adoption laws to be introduced ‘quickly’ 30
2:02 PM — The French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told a French television station this morning a change in legislation to allow gay couples to marry and adopt children will be done 'quickly' and that a draft is 'ready'.
18th May 2012
French prime minister promises to implement equal marriage and adoption rights for gays 61
2:20 PM — The new French prime minister has announced a commitment to implement new president François Hollande's pledge to equalise the laws on marriage for gay and straight couples.
9th May 2012
New French president may signal ‘no miracle’, trans candidate says 3
12:56 PM — Brigitte Goldberg, one of two trans candidates in the recent French Presidential election, yesterday expressed herself only slightly moved by the replacement of right-wing Nicolas Sarkozy with socialist Francois Hollande.
8th May 2012
François Hollande’s presidential win brings French marriage equality closer 50
12:53 PM — The new President-elect of France, François Hollande, the country's first Socialist president in nearly two decades, is expected to push equal marriage and adoption rights for gay couples in the European country.
23rd April 2012
France: Presidential elections highlight trans voters’ rights gap 27
11:22 AM — As the dust settles on the first round of the French Presidential election this morning, a sharp warning that discrimination by the French state means that trans citizens can no longer count on access to that most basic of Human Rights – the right to vote!
17th April 2012
Nicolas Sarkozy affirms view of family as ‘a mother and a father’ 62
3:05 PM — Incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy has re-affirmed his opposition to marriage equality ahead of this weekend's elections in France.
9th April 2012
Gay Muslim men have marriage blessed in France 13
12:23 PM — Two gay Muslim men have married in France - where marriage between gay people is not yet recognised - with the blessing of an imam.
6th April 2012
Possible gay link to death of French academic in New York 15
12:16 PM — A married Parisian academic who was found dead in his Manhattan hotel room on Tuesday this week is said to have been using gay hook-up websites on his laptop prior to his death.
26th March 2012
Video: French footballers’ ‘kiss’ goes viral and sparks new discussion about homophobia on the pitch 29
11:19 AM — A video clip of two French international footballers apparently kissing in front of a packed stadium has gone viral and entranced the French media. After scoring a goal in a friendly match against Germany, Olivier Giroud appeared to grab his teammate Mathieu Debuchy's face and kiss him on the lips.
15th February 2012
French UMP ‘expelling’ Vanneste over gay comments 40
5:02 PM — The French UMP party of French president Nicolas Sarkozy is reportedly expelling Christian Vanneste for comments he made about gay people and gay history in a video released this week.
French MP: Gays must be narcissists 24
12:40 PM — Christian Vanneste's views on homosexuality and gay history have been called "nauseating" and led to a demand for him to be ejected from his party.
14th June 2011
French parliament rejects gay marriage bill 62
6:10 PM — The French parliament has rejected a bill designed to give gay couples the right to marry. Today, lawmakers voted by 293 votes to 222 to block the bill, which was not expected to pass.
6th June 2011
Lesbian couple successfully dodge French gay marriage ban 24
2:33 PM — Two French women successfully circumvented France's same-sex marriage ban on Saturday owing to the fact that one half of the couple is still classed as a man - in the legal sense only.
27th May 2011
Sarkozy ally compares gay marriage to bestiality in French parliament 79
10:24 AM — Brigitte Barèges, an MP in French president Nicolas Sarkozy's ruling UMP party, has sparked an angry reaction in the French parliament by comparing gay marriage to bestiality.