29th May 2013
France: Landmark first same-sex wedding takes place in Montpellier 33
5:12 PM — France's first same-sex wedding ceremony has taken place in the city of Montpellier, with the presence of the world's media, and which was described by the city's mayor as "historic".
France: Media awaits as guests arrive through security for first same-sex wedding 11
4:03 PM — The media are awaiting the beginning of France's first same-sex wedding in Montpellier, which is set to take place in less than an hour, as guests arrive, bags are checked, and security is on high alert.
France: Montpellier on high alert as first same-sex couple get ready to marry 8
1:48 PM — The French city of Montpellier is on high alert for the country's first ever same-sex wedding, which is to take place later today, as supporters gear up for the landmark ceremony, and police are on high alert due to threats against the city's mayor.
28th May 2013
France: Francois Hollande accused of introducing equal marriage ‘to satisfy lobby that financed him’ 11
5:31 PM — French President Francois Hollande, has been accused by one of the leaders of the anti-equal marriage campaign, of only introducing equal marriage "to satisfy the lobby that financed him".
France: First same-sex wedding to be held in Montpellier 5
2:13 PM — A French couple are planning to wed in the southern city of Montpellier tomorrow, in a ceremony which is set to prove to be symbolic as the first same-sex ceremony in the country, in the face of strong opposition to equal marriage, which was signed into law earlier this month.
27th May 2013
France: Violent anti-equal marriage protesters clash with riot police in Paris 63
12:32 AM — At the end of a day of tense, but relatively peaceful anti-equal marriage protests, which saw tens of thousands take to the streets of Paris, riot police have clashed with hundreds of violent demonstrators.
26th May 2013
France: 200,000 expected for anti-equal marriage rally 29
1:21 PM — Hundreds of thousands are expected to turn out today in Paris to protest against the recently signed law, which allows equal marriage and adoption for same-sex couples.
24th May 2013
Lesbian drama tipped for top prize at Cannes film festival 2
3:18 PM — A film featuring the love story between two women, and which has shocked some critics because of some graphic sex scenes, is hotly tipped to receive the top prize at the Cannes film festival.
22nd May 2013
France: Far-right leader pays tribute to anti-gay historian who shot himself dead over equal marriage 23
3:46 PM — Marine Le Pen, leader of the French far-right Front National (FN), has paid tribute to writer and historian who shot himself dead after denouncing equal marriage and immigration in a blog post.
21st May 2013
France: Far right activist commits suicide in Notre Dame following legalisation of equal marriage 94
5:40 PM — Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has been evacuated, after a former far-right activist committed suicide by shooting himself in the head, after writing a blog post slamming France's recently passed equal marriage bill.
18th May 2013
France: President Francois Hollande signs equal marriage bill into law 10
3:20 PM — French President Francois Hollande, has signed into law a bill which allows equal marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples.
17th May 2013
France: Final marriage equality hurdle passed as Constitutional Council approves bill 37
4:58 PM — France has overcome the final obstacle in efforts to become the 14th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage.
14th May 2013
France: Watchdog reports 27% spike in homophobia leading up to equal marriage debate 7
2:57 PM — A leading gay rights watchdog has reported that, in 2012 leading up to the French Parliament's approval of a bill to allow equal marriage and adoption, homophobic attacks and slurs increased by over a quarter.
9th May 2013
France: Viral outrage caused by anti-equal marriage poster 7
5:28 PM — A poster calling for same-sex marriage opponents to rally in France caused outrage on social media sites over what many claim is a racist depiction of the Justice Minister.
3rd May 2013
France: Gay mayor receives bullets in post after giving interview about equal marriage 11
12:46 PM — The mayor of a town in eastern France has made a complaint to police after being sent bullets in the post following an interview he gave during which he discussed equal marriage and adoption.
30th April 2013
Sarkozy jabs Hollande’s equal marriage policy in rare speaking appearance 20
1:19 PM — While giving a speech in Canada the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy made several oblique jabs at his successor, Francois Hollande, including suggestions that introducing equal marriage during an economic crisis was unwise.
28th April 2013
France: First wedding trade show for gay male couples takes place in Paris 4
5:44 PM — Just four days after France's Parliament passed a bill to allow equal marriage and adoption for gay couples, the first wedding trade show aimed at gay male couples took place.
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.
24th April 2013
Vatican newspaper: ‘Francois Hollande did not pay attention to French opposition to equal marriage’ 44
11:36 PM — The Vatican's semi-official newspaper has taken a swipe at French President Francois Hollande, claiming that he ignored the "many voices" of French people who opposed equal marriage.
France: President Hollande urges calm following violent equal marriage protests 23
1:33 PM — French President Francois Hollande has urged that the country move on after a divisive debate around equal marriage, a bill to legalise which passed on Tuesday, and which led to violent protests by opponents to the measure.