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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. I'm guessing that the anti-gay forces are bused in from other countries.

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 22, 2013 5:36:19 PM

  2. I don't know the sexualities of the Boston victims, but there should be shame in the United States. And this was only one week ago. I hope those bashed in France recover.

    Posted by: GB | Apr 22, 2013 5:59:29 PM

  3. I hope that he has a speedy recovery! As others have stated, these almost daily updates of new homophobic attacks in France is unsettling. I never would have thought that this would happen in France...

    Posted by: | Apr 22, 2013 6:30:52 PM

  4. WHY DOES NO ONE EXCEPT ME, AND ONE FRENCH POSTER, ACKNOWLEDGE THE 'CHECHEN' ANGLE? They asked him "Are you French or Chechen?"; why did they ask this? Were his attackers Muslim?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 23, 2013 10:43:13 AM

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