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Gay Man Beaten Unconscious In Nice, France


Another anti-gay attack in France left a young man bleeding and unconscious in the south of France, the Local reports:

A gay couple were attacked as they left a night club in the Mediterranean city of Nice at the weekend in the latest apparent homophobic attack in France. Raphaël Leclerc was punched and kicked after being jumped by three men when they left a club at around 5am on Saturday.

The incident comes just two weeks after Wilfred de Bruijn was savagely beaten in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, earlier this month after he and his boyfriend were attacked in the street. Last week, amid increased tensions over France’s divisive gay marriage bill that is set to be passed into law on Tuesday, there were attacks on gay bars in the northern city of Lille and Bordeaux in the south west.

Gay rights groups have told The Local they have recorded a 30 percent rise in homophobic incidents in recent months, which they blame on the continued opposition to the gay marriage bill.

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  1. Where are the Pope's denunciations of these acts? Francis the Silent will be judged.

    Posted by: Ratzi | Apr 22, 2013 10:42:13 AM

  2. hmmmm, this is turning into similarities...between the Germans and the Jews......Nice goin France...NOT!!!!

    Posted by: disgusted american | Apr 22, 2013 10:44:17 AM

  3. And NOM will continue to play up the protests while ignoring the violence. Fan the flames, you freakin' closet flamers. . .

    Posted by: Jamie in Las Vegas | Apr 22, 2013 10:49:43 AM

  4. "The victim was then asked by his aggressors if he was French or Chechen. He replied French before being set upon."

    ---What the...members of the Tsarnaev clan?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 22, 2013 10:51:59 AM

  5. Raffy looks cute even with a split lip.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 22, 2013 10:54:40 AM

  6. I used to fantasize about going to France, maybe even living there. Not any more...this has completely soured me on France.

    The words "Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity" on the front of the Assembly National building are meaningless in light of these attacks. Since I see no arrests are pending.

    Posted by: thepolarbeast | Apr 22, 2013 10:54:42 AM

  7. Completely out of control. What an embarrassment for the country. My heart goes out to Raphaël and all gays in France right now because they're being hounded and attacked everywhere. Blame the conservative Catholics and NOM. This is exactly what they wanted. They couldn't beat marriage equality legislatively so they're going to beat gay people up to protest the law instead.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Apr 22, 2013 10:58:56 AM

  8. Ban Catholicism.

    Posted by: Queer Supremacist | Apr 22, 2013 11:06:02 AM

  9. France is looking real bad internationally.

    Posted by: Jake | Apr 22, 2013 11:19:03 AM

  10. Where are the progay marches and forces? They seem so timid and cowardly.

    Posted by: Jake | Apr 22, 2013 11:19:26 AM

  11. Nothing says "civilized" like the proverbial mob of villagers with torches.

    What is with these evolutionary throwbacks?

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Apr 22, 2013 11:24:06 AM

  12. You know, just once in my life--JUST ONE TIME--I would like to read a story like this that, instead of telling us that a couple of straight guys beat a couple of gay guys unconscious....or a single straight guy beat a single gay guy unconscious.....or a single straight guy beat up a gay couple or several straight guys single-handedly......or a single straight guy walked into a gay bar and abused several of the 40 or so patrons in the bar and walked away unscathed.......

    JUST ONE TIME, instead of that--I would like to read something along the lines of this:

    "The gay guys who were attacked had enough self-respect to foil the attack by behaving the way other men would in such situations and fighting back, beating up their attackers to the point of near-unconsciousness. It's a pretty sure bet that those attacking them learned their lesson and will never mess with them again....and will also never assume that gay men are all a bunch of pu$$ies and cowards who can be pummeled at will because they believe that their homosexuality equates to a lack of masculinity"

    JUST ONE TIME in my entire life, I would like to read that.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 22, 2013 11:39:01 AM

  13. I completely agree with Rick. Enough with being punching bags and let's fight back.

    Posted by: Chriso | Apr 22, 2013 11:42:02 AM

  14. Guess in this case that everything isn't "Nicer in Nice" (for those of you who are musical fans and know the reference)....

    Posted by: octobercountry | Apr 22, 2013 11:46:20 AM

  15. Rick, While I agree to a point, most of these attacks take place outside gay bars and against gay people who have been drinking. While drinking doesn't necessarily limit your willingness or ability to fight, it often delays your understanding of the situation until it's too late.

    Outside of bars, there is often some playing around or even trash talk. It can be dangerous to not know when that is turning serious, and having personally mistaken the beginnings of an attack as playing around or trash talk I can assure you that once you are on the ground and being beaten, you have missed the opportunity to deliver the deflective blow.

    As we know, George Zimmerman mistook an attacker for a mouthy teenager, and Zimmerman was on the ground being beaten by Trayvon Martin necessitating pulling out his gun and shooting Martin. It would have been much better if he had not missed the signs of aggression, and had fended Martin off with a threat of lethal defense.

    IN short, guys and girls you really need to start carrying guns and being prepared to use them. You really never know when trash talk is going to turn bloody.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 22, 2013 11:55:25 AM

  16. @David Hearne I beg to differ, David. Drunk or not, outside of bars or in a playground, most gay men are going to cower before straight men....EVEN IF they are perfectly capable of defending themselves and even beating the crap out of their tormentor(s).

    Let's call a spade a spade. Until the culture of effeminacy is eradicated and gay men decide to be men instead of idolizing and trying to act like women, instead....which is driven by an internalization of the idea that homosexuality equates to inferior (or non-existent) masculinity, then straight men will never respect us.....and there is no reason why they should.

    Carrying guns is not the answer, for obvious reasons.

    Straight men get into conflicts with each other, all the time, after all, and don't need to resort to potentially fatal use of firearms to resolve it.

    Most times, these kinds of attacks would not even take place, if, when threatened, the guy or guys who are the subject of the harrassment would simply indicate that they intend to fight back.

    At least three times in my own life, I have been so threatened, once after leaving a gay bar, once when walking hand-in-hand with another guy in the French Quarter in New Orleans, and once in Central Park late one night.

    In every single instance, when it became clear that I was not going to take any crap and was going to fight back, the potential attacker retreated. Granted, I am a fairly big guy, but that is besides the point. What was important was that I stood my ground.....and 90% of the time, that is all the attacker is trying to find out--whether you are man enough to stand your ground or whether you are a coward.

    And if he attacks, it is as much because you showed yourself to be a coward and he was enraged by that as it was because he thought you were gay.

    It really is not that complicated. Be men and you will be respect; be pu$$ies and cowards and you never will be.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 22, 2013 12:11:22 PM

  17. Are lesbians good enough for your anecdote, Rick? I seem to recall a rather viral news article a few years ago about a lesbian woman giving someone what-for just as you describe. ;)

    Anyway, while it's nice to know you have outblustered people before I am not sure you've been ont he wrong end of actual street violence from your descriptions there. King hits and 3v1s are not 'man up' scenarios, and are the most common incidents.

    Not that I entirely disagree with your assertions, mind.

    Posted by: Ben | Apr 22, 2013 12:28:10 PM

  18. I don't agree with some of the assertions Rick made, but I do agree with the concept that gay men are targets because straight men find us to be weak and because of this, they prey on us.

    We can't expect society to protect us from violence. We need to do it ourselves, and the day straights realize we'll punch them back and fight as hard, will be the day we won't have to put up with this.

    It's also important to remember never to leave a Gay bar alone, no matter how safe you think the city you live in is.

    Posted by: Chriso | Apr 22, 2013 12:37:11 PM

  19. Wow, the comments on this post are comments are a bit ridiculous. Clear trolls and/or rage-queens posting.

    First of all, stuff comparing this attack to Nazi Germany, or saying suddenly after this attack you no longer want to go to France are juuust a little ridic.

    Homosexuality is largely tolerated in France; moreso than in the US without question. However, homophobia is every country, and unfortunately, I'm not surprised that these incidents are more common recently given it's a big issue this year. They do not reflect the attitude of the vast majority of French people and the vast majority of French people would condemn them.

    Second, most of these kinds of attacks happen BECAUSE the attackers realise they in some way have an advantage. They outnumber the victim, they take the victim by surprise, the victim (or both parties) are drunk outside a bar, etc. I'm sure the events in which the attacker gets their ass kicked and backs off happen, they just don't get attention. Because what happens is you kick the guys ass and don't feel the need to get police involved after it's over and that's the end of it.

    Posted by: DONOVAN | Apr 22, 2013 12:37:20 PM

  20. "Are lesbians good enough for your anecdote, Rick?"

    No, absolutely not....and for obvious reasons. The fact that even lesbians sometimes fight back, despite being, as women, typically physically weaker than their attackers.....just calls into even bolder relief the cowardice of gay men.

    And "3v1"s are not the most common scenarios. The most common in everyday life (never mind when major crimes are committed) are one-on-one.....and many times, they don't even involve actual physical violence, but consist of verbal harrasment--which is just as disrespectful.

    The point of all such incidents is to deny one one's masculinity and the self-respect that goes with it....and unfortunately, most gay men have already done that to THEMSELVES, which is what prompts such disrespect from others go begin with.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 22, 2013 12:40:59 PM

  21. If you read the article in French, it also states that the aggresor asked if the gay men were "tchèchène". I don't know how this plays into the homophobia that exists in France from the Far Right.

    As a Frenchie, this upsets me.

    Posted by: A_gay_guy | Apr 22, 2013 12:44:00 PM

  22. It was a joke alluding to exactly what you just countered it with, rick. That's why there was a wink at the end. Sheesh :p

    Anyway, provided you are willing to accept the caveats about both king hits and group events i don't actually disagree with you.

    Posted by: Ben | Apr 22, 2013 12:52:23 PM

  23. Rick.... bla bla bla... bad fem gays... bla bla bla...

    btw: the good thing in France: just because there are loud protesters doesn't mean the law will change tomorrow.

    Posted by: coexxi | Apr 22, 2013 12:53:44 PM

  24. The discussion here should not be over how gay men should respond to violence, that is really a non-issue. Most straight men, drunk and leaving a bar, would also get beat up by guys targeting them for an attack. Bringing up how supposedly well straight men would perform in some hypothetical scenario is nothing more than desperate hetero male worship.

    Regarding France, I am shocked at what a hick country its starting to look like. I say that not just because of this hate crime, but because of the large anti-gay marches that take place in Paris and the practically non-existent pro-gay marches. Culturally things just may be different over there when it comes to public protest though. Ill eat my words if marriage equality passes.

    Also, everybody, need we remind not feed trolls.

    Posted by: Anony6 | Apr 22, 2013 12:56:50 PM

  25. God bless the young who was beaten. I hope he recovers completely and quickly.


    any drag queen under the age of eighty could whup the sh.t out of your Barney Fife azz.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 22, 2013 1:00:28 PM

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