16th December 2013
France: President Francois Hollande to snub Russian Winter Olympics 8
11:43 AM — French President Francois Hollande has become the most high profile leader to snub the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.
18th October 2013
France’s highest court rules mayors cannot refuse to perform same-sex marriages 10
12:15 PM — France's highest court has ruled that mayors cannot refuse to hold same-sex weddings in the country.
18th September 2013
Gay man jailed for attacking husband on wedding day following row about mother-in-laws 10
3:01 PM — A 22-year-old man in the northern French city of Alencon has been jailed for attacking his new husband just hours after tying the knot.
25th August 2013
France: Far-right mayor refuses to officiate at same-sex wedding 53
2:03 PM — A far-right mayor in the south of France has refused to officiate at the wedding of a lesbian couple, despite the government's recently passed same-sex marriage law.
19th July 2013
French Government study recommends lifting of blanket gay blood ban 8
12:10 PM — The ban on the donation of blood by men who have sex with men in France should be lifted, according to a new government study.
6th June 2013
France: President Hollande condemns fatal attack on teenage gay rights activist 26
9:11 PM — President Francois Hollande has condemned the fatal attack on a French teenage gay rights activist "in the strongest terms".
25th April 2013
France: Anti-gay MP accidentally votes in favour of equal marriage 31
3:00 PM — An anti-gay French MP, who strongly opposes equal marriage, accidentally voted in favour of it during a parliamentary debate on Tuesday.
23rd April 2013
‘Vive la France!’ as campaigners celebrate equal marriage victory 40
5:56 PM — Campaigners are celebrating the news that France has become the 14th nation in the world to legalise marriage rights for same-sex couples and Justice Minister Christiane Taubira says the first weddings could be held as soon as June.
France: Water cannons deployed in Paris ahead of same-sex marriage vote 35
12:04 PM — Security is being stepped up around France’s National Assembly building in Paris ahead of today's landmark equal marriage vote.
19th April 2013
Video: French filmmaker reaches out to those opposed to equal marriage: ‘Fear not’ 6
2:43 PM — A French filmmaker has posted a YouTube video of himself addressing those in France opposed to legalising equal marriage, in which he reaches out to them, and gives reassurances around common misconceptions linked to same-sex marriage.
12th April 2013
French Senate backs same-sex marriage bill 22
1:14 PM — French lawmakers have approved a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children.
Comment: The real face of Manif pour Tous 26
12:17 PM — Journalist Patrick Cash writes about last weekend’s violent homophobic attack against Wilfred de Brujin in Paris and profile’s the anti-gay French group Manif pour Tous.
11th April 2013
France: Anti-gay Chief Rabbi Gilles Bernheim quits over plagiarism row 7
2:58 PM — France’s Chief Rabbi Gilles Bernheim, who has written essays against equal marriage, has resigned in a plagiarism row.
4th April 2013
France: Same-sex marriage bill reaches Senate 5
12:00 PM — The French Senate will debate the country’s proposed same-sex marriage bill today.
19th February 2013
Comment: France’s Justice Minister Christiane Taubira has become an equal marriage hero 3
4:47 PM — Writing for PinkNews, French student David Browne says France’s Justice Minister Christiane Taubira is now synonymous with the debate on gay rights in the country.
12th February 2013
French National Assembly approves equal marriage bill 12
4:20 PM — France took a step closer to legalising equal marriage and adoptions for same sex couples, as its National Assembly approved a bill to do so, during its second reading today.
22nd January 2013
France: Karl Lagerfeld supports equal marriage with lesbian brides at couture show 1
1:25 PM — Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has used his lastest fashion show to support equal marriage amidst divides across France on the issue.
2nd January 2013
Lesbian couple celebrate with France’s first baby of 2013 3
4:23 PM — The first baby in France to be born in 2013 was by a lesbian couple, although current inequality means only one of the parents has formal legal recognition.
6th August 2012
France: Catholic Church opposes gay adoption in revived national prayer 42
3:20 PM — The Catholic Church in France is reviving a tradition begun in the 17th century of praying for the country on 15 August to hope the government does not listen to "special requests" and to oppose gay adoption.
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'.