Controversy over Assisted Conception Stalls Changes to Family Reform Bill

PARIS-The French government quickly went on the defensive earlier this week after about 100,000 conservative protesters took to the streets in Paris and Lyon on Sunday Feb. 2, angered by proposed LGBT-friendly additions to a major family reform bill. Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault’s office announced on Monday Feb. 3 that the entire bill would be […]

UMP Mayor Defies Gay Marriage Law

A Union pour un mouvement populaire (UMP) mayor in the French Basque Country has weighed in on the country’s ongoing gay marriage debate by refusing to celebrate a same-sex marriage. Jean-Michel Colo, who has served as mayor of the commune of Arcangues in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques region for the last 30 years, has announced that he […]

Marchers Take Last Stand Against Gay Marriage Bill

Frigide Barjot’s voice boomed down the Avenue de la Grande Armée Sunday afternoon: “Listen to the French!” Waving flags and signs and carrying Palm Sunday branches, La Manif Pour Tous marchers took a last stand against France’s gay marriage bill set to enter the Senate next month. Late in the protest, police used tear gas […]

Anti-Gay Marriage Movement Files Referendum in Protest of New Legislation

Following the passage of an historic bill legalizing gay marriage in France on February 12 in the National Assembly, anti-gay marriage movements have risen up across the country in protest of the new law. On Saturday, February 16, those opposed submitted a referendum with 700,000 signatures to the Conseil économique, social, et environnmental (Economic, Social, […]

A Desire for Higher Perspectives? Young French Look Back at the Gay Marriage Debate

PARIS. – After many months of battle and 110 hours of discussion, the same-sex marriage debate came to an end on Saturday, February 9, in the French National Assembly. The official vote on the entire bill took place on February 12. While the debate is just beginning in the Senate, it seems for the French […]

For or Against: What the Gay Marriage Protests Tell Us About France

PARIS. – On February 2, the French National Assembly voted to legalize gay marriage, followed shortly thereafter by Great Britain on February 5. The path leading to the adoption of this article of the gay rights project was not simple, however, and was marked by several massive demonstrations from both sides. The French are no […]

Opponents of Gay Marriage Make Their Voices Heard in Paris Protest

PARIS – They were at least 300,000 according to the police, but the protestors claim their numbers were closer to 800,000. The opponents of gay marriage rallied from all over France and swarmed Paris this Sunday, January 13 to protest against the “marriage for all” bill, which would grant the right to marry to homosexual […]

UMP Proposes Amendment to Gay Marriage Bill

The fight for same-sex marriage and adoption in France is far from over, as evidenced by the struggle between the Parti Socialiste (PS) and the Union pour un mouvement populaire (UMP). On January 8 Christian Jacob, president of the UMP in the French National Assembly, announced a motion for an amendment to the marriage equality […]

Medically Assisted Procreation Sparks Debate in PS

Marriage is not the only right for which homosexual couples in France are currently fighting. Another controversial issue of the moment is the right to medically assisted procreation – an issue that divides even the Parti Socialiste (PS). The original bill, put forth November 7, addresses marriage for homosexual couples as well as the right to […]

December 16: Same-Sex Marriage Demonstration in Images

On December 16, tens of thousands of protesters gathered around the famous Place de la Bastille to support same-sex marriage. LaJeunePolitique and its reporters were there. More news, articles and videos coming soon. All the pictures are the property of La Jeune Politique and its reporter, Pauline Proffit.