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.
France: Riot police in violent clashes with protesters against newly signed equal marriage bill 54
1:06 AM — Anti-equal marriage protesters faced up to riot police in the centre of paris on Tuesday evening, sparking fierce protest, as France's Parliament voted to legalise equal marriage.
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.
French Parliament passes same-sex marriage and adoption in final vote 69
4:11 PM — France has become the 14th nation in the world to legalise same-sex marriage, as their Parliament passed it in a final vote after months of debate and heated protest.
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.
22nd April 2013
France: National Assembly speaker urged to delay equal marriage vote in ammunition powder letter 37
5:10 PM — National Assembly Speaker Claude Bartolone has received an envelope containing ammunition powder and a threatening letter calling on him to delay France's equal marriage vote.
France: Couple plan to hold first same-sex wedding in Montpellier 6
3:45 PM — Ahead of the French Parliament's final vote on equal marriage, a couple are planning to wed in the southern city of Montpellier, in a ceremony which is set to prove to be symbolic, in the face of strong opposition to equal marriage.
France: Gay cabaret dancer beaten unconscious by gang in Nice 38
3:44 PM — A 24-year-old gay man was beaten unconscious at the weekend in the latest apparent homophobic attack in France.
21st April 2013
France: Tens of thousands rally ahead of marriage equality vote 65
9:33 PM — Tens of thousands of demonstrators wore blue and pink to march on Paris in opposition to equal marriage today.
France: Eleventh hour anti-equal marriage protests expected 58
11:18 AM — Demonstrations against the predicted passing of France's equal marriage bill are expected to take place today, with Parisian authorities braced to cope with mass protests.