19th April 2013
France: MPs come to blows during equal marriage debate in parliament 38
4:00 PM — The equal marriage debate in France has come to blows as French Parliamentarians engaged in a heated debate around the issue.
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.
18th April 2013
Video: French men stage ‘topless’ anti-equal marriage protest 53
7:19 PM — A group of men in France have declared "No to Gay Marriage" by taking their shirts off in the streets as a demonstration of how the government's push for marriage equality is threatening their freedom.
Comment: Don’t forget the rest of Europe in the fight for equal marriage 25
7:16 PM — Writing for PinkNews, Adrian Trett says although equal marriage campaigners are scoring big victories in France and Britain, activists in other European nations need greater support in achieving the goal.
French President Francois Hollande condemns anti-gay attacks 17
12:56 PM — President Francois Hollande has condemned displays of homophobic violence in France.
France: Prime Minister calls for calm amid tensions over same-sex marriage bill 4
12:07 PM — The French Prime Minister has called for calm as violent protests marred the start of the National Assembly's fast track debate on the marriage equality bill, which may see it become law by the end of this month.
France: 4 people detained over gay bar attack 8
12:00 PM — France’s Interior Ministry says four people have been detained on suspicion of carrying out an attack at a gay bar in Lille.
17th April 2013
France: Newly appointed Archbishop of Paris continues anti-equal marriage legacy 6
3:37 PM — The new Archbishop of Paris, the highest position in French Catholicism, has been appointed, and as the outgoing archbishop used his final speech to voice strong opposition to equal marriage, his replacement holds similar views.
16th April 2013
France: Archbishop of Paris warns that equal marriage will lead to a more violent society 87
5:56 PM — France's top Catholic bishop has warned against legalising equal marriage, saying that it could lead to a more violent society.
Paris: Police arrest scores of anti-gay marriage protesters 20
10:36 AM — Around 70 protesters demonstrating against equal marriage have been arrested in Paris.
15th April 2013
Joey Barton to appear before French FA committee following transphobic tweets 8
2:05 PM — Joey Barton is set to learn if he faces a ban over a string of comments – including some of a transphobic nature – he made about rival player Thiago Silva.
French anti-equal marriage movement leader: Hollande wants blood and he will get it 60
1:08 PM — The comedian at the head of France's anti-same-sex marriage movement has lashed out at the government's decision to accelerate the progress of equal marriage legislation, implying that protests may become violent.
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.
Anti-homophobia and transphobia protest takes places in Paris 9
1:44 PM — LGBT campaigners in France have protested over the fear that homophobia and transphobia is on the rise in the country.
10th April 2013
France: Anti-gay chief rabbi refuses to step down after admitting fake academic qualifications 24
5:17 PM — France's chief rabbi Gilles Bernheim, who has written essays against equal marriage and adoption, has refused to step down despite admitting several counts of plagiarism, and misleading the public on his academic qualifications.
French Senate approves crucial article of equal marriage bill 23
10:29 AM — France's equal marriage bill clears its first hurdle in the country's Senate.
8th April 2013
France: Gay couple beaten in Paris for walking arm in arm 28
5:30 PM — A gay couple were beaten badly in Paris on Saturday, which campaigners say is symptomatic of a 30% rise in homophobic attacks in France since debates on same-sex marriage began.
4th April 2013
France: Anti-gay marriage protests staged as Senate debates bill 32
7:18 PM — Protests have taken place in Paris as France’s Senate now debates the country’s proposed equal marriage bill.