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Gay Bar Attacked Amid Marriage-Related Homophobic Violence in France: VIDEO


Three employees of a gay bar in the northern city of Lille, France were attacked and assaulted by four men who broke the bar's windows, The Local reports:

  Gianni_lilleThe bar's owner linked the incident to "tensions" surrounding the parliament vote.

"I was hit by a chair," thrown through the window, he told AFP. Police later detained the suspects.

Watch a French news report on the gay bar attack, AFTER THE JUMP...

Atack_lilleMeanwhile, homophobic violence conbtinued elsewhere in France on Wednesday, The Local adds:

Several thousand opponents to the bill crammed the streets of Paris on Wednesday, waving banners that read "A father, a mother, it's basic" or criticised French President Francois Hollande. Interior Minister Manuel Valls condemned acts of violence during the protests "in spite of promises made by the organisers". Several people were detained for questioning after cars and public property were damaged and police officers and journalists attacked, said Valls. Police put the number of detentions at 11.

Organisers put the number of demonstrators at 8,000 while police said 2,400 people had protested. Twenty-four people who took part in a counter-protest denouncing homophobia were arrested, police said.

The day before, some 2,700 opponents had gathered in Versailles outside the capital to protest the bill, leading to scuffles with police.

Opponents have vowed new mass demonstrations in the next week.

Watch a French news report on the gay bar attack, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. louvre not hate.

    Posted by: marco | Apr 18, 2013 8:20:56 AM

  2. How much you wanna bet whoever did this thought he (probably "he," but coulda been "she") was going his (her) god's work?

    Posted by: K in VA | Apr 18, 2013 8:46:09 AM

  3. France's image really has been bloodied by the marriage equality debate. Ugly nation.

    Posted by: Jake | Apr 18, 2013 8:54:56 AM

  4. These protect marriage activist sure are a lot of violent thugs and bullies.

    Posted by: Clarknt67 | Apr 18, 2013 8:55:19 AM

  5. Christianity's true bloody colors.

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Apr 18, 2013 9:01:24 AM

  6. Faites amour pas la guerre!

    Posted by: J. | Apr 18, 2013 9:02:38 AM

  7. Being gay or lesbian in France is very hard these days. Violence and homophobia has dramaticaly increased in France. We feel as if we were preys. Please give us every support you can give, talking about this with your friends and family outside France is already a support. As a french gay man, I came to the conclusion that, if the law is refused, then we, french gays and lesbians, should ask for the right to political asylum.

    Posted by: brekilian | Apr 18, 2013 9:30:59 AM

  8. I'm really shocked by the French opposition to marriage equality and how crazy and violent they are. I don't remember this kind of thing happening in the other EU countries that have marriage equality. We should remember though that the French have a very colourful history of protesting what they don't like, from the French Revolution right up until today.
    Those frogs just seem to love rioting and smashing stuff up.

    Posted by: danswon | Apr 18, 2013 9:36:25 AM

  9. The level of resistance is puzzling and troubling indeed. Nothing like this was witnessed in Spain or Portugal, other European nations, South American countries, or in Canada. And the Mayor of Paris is or was gay (not sure if he is still there or not). This is something like you expect to see in Russia, not civilized and sophisticated France.

    Posted by: Jeff | Apr 18, 2013 9:48:45 AM

  10. Chrustians are murderous thugs. It's really just that simple. They have lost and they know it. But a wounded animal is very dangerous.

    My life as a gay man has alsways been stoked by French culture: Rimbaud, Lautreamont, Proust, Genet, Bernard-Marie Koltes (the ist goes on and on.)

    Watch your back but don't stop moving forward. And I'm talking aout the U.S. as much as France or anywhere else.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 18, 2013 9:58:27 AM

  11. much of this action has been fomented by american anti gay agencies. they have found fertile ground in which to sow the discord they have been hawking with less success nowadays in the US. brian brown and other representatives from american hate groups have been spotted in france spouting their usual lies and calumnies...and bragging about it. they have already made africa a killing ground for gays.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Apr 18, 2013 10:01:54 AM

  12. When I was living in France I noticed a lot of swastikas and so on. I imagine that these are the same people. Seem kids aren't taught that the Nazis tried to take over France during WWII.

    Posted by: zeddy | Apr 18, 2013 10:04:22 AM

  13. SHould have just pumped 2 slugs into the attackers chest. What's the gun law in France?

    Posted by: UDontKnow | Apr 18, 2013 10:09:53 AM

  14. @Zeddy,

    You must have lived in an awful part of france; it is highly illegal to display anything nazi-related in France, so it's very surprising that you saw a lot of swastikas there. As for teaching children that the nazis tried to take over france, of course they are taught that. (the nazis not only tried, but succeeded by the way). Every French person is extremely aware of German aggression against France in the last two centuries. It is the fundamental relationship that shapes French foreign policy.

    Posted by: Brian | Apr 18, 2013 10:14:49 AM

  15. While it is sad to see attacks like this, it is good to see police organizations treating them as real crimes, arresting suspects and and actually investigating. I'm sure there are some places where violations against the gay community would be slighted and overlooked, but they are vanishing and the legitimacy of our community, our interests, and our activities is increasingly taken for granted.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Apr 18, 2013 10:32:53 AM

  16. Chuck, you're very right, good to see police response very strong in France regarding this severe uptick in crimes against the gay community in the country. Unfortunate that we're talking about LGBT people literally being targeted like cattle in a country like France, though. Marriage equality support in the country has dropped from the mid-60s to the low-50s these last few months as well. And it's right-wing Catholics that are to blame.

    brekilian, I'm very sorry for what's happening in France, we're all shocked and disgusted. These bigots are loud and violent but they cannot stop progress and progress is coming in France, whether they like it or not.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Apr 18, 2013 10:42:06 AM

  17. Ah, "sophisticated", "enlightened" Europe....which like the equally "sophisticated" "enlightened" East and West coasts of the US and equally "sophisticated" and "enlightened" Canada love to look down their noses at the American South and the American Heartland and dismiss them for their bigotry and narrow-mindedness.


    The only thing that would make this even more telling would be if it turned out that many or most of those engaged in this violence are non-white immigrants, whom the "sophisticated" and "enlightened" elites and the gay Far Left cannot possibly criticize because they have dark skin.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 18, 2013 10:46:18 AM

  18. This is France's version of the night Nazi's smashed the windows of jewish shop owners; but this time it should be called Cristalnacht.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Apr 18, 2013 11:11:30 AM

  19. "Chrustians are murderous thugs. It's really just that simple. They have lost and they know it. But a wounded animal is very dangerous"

    No, little New York Jew-boy, "Christians" in all likelihood had little or nothing to do with any of this, as Christianity is for all intents and purposes totally dead in France, the most secular country on earth (the one exception being its Islamic minority).

    Predictable attempt at politically correct scapegoating that has no basis in reality.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 18, 2013 11:16:04 AM

  20. This is very troubling. As others have said, it is very surprising that this level of violence is occuring in a Western European country. What makes France difference from Canada, Spain, etc.?

    Posted by: | Apr 18, 2013 11:48:45 AM

  21. yohan is FOINE! hubba hubba

    Posted by: LoveMeSomeFrench | Apr 18, 2013 11:54:39 AM

  22. Firstable I'd like to thank all of you for your support. France is not the land it pretends to be. The country of Gide, Rimbaud, the country that claims to be the country of human rights tends to vanish. I can hear homophobic ideas every time I watch news on TV. Everytime I take the bus too. Each day violent homophobic attack are committed. This movement conducted by an ex actress called Frigide Barjot ( a nickname you could translate by Crazy Frigid) bring biggots, creationists, nationalists, and neo-Nazis together. What makes it serious is the fact that the UMP party (the ex-presidential party of Nicolas Sarkozy) give a great support to these homophobic groups. UMP denies the fact that homopobia increases since the law has been announced. Some deputees and senators have been threatened with death, some of them have decided to walve their ideas and their votes. Indeed muslims and jews are agree with christians, but since the major part of the gay mariage opponent are racists too, muslims and jews don't want to demonstrate at the side of these xenophobic people. The final vote for gay marriage will take place on tuesday 24 April. I will keep my fingers crossed so I could celebrate with all of you a victory for gays and lesbians... Thank you for your support, it is good to know french LGBT have friends all over the wold and particularty in the USA.

    Posted by: brekilian | Apr 18, 2013 12:39:11 PM

  23. There is a very far right fascist movement[s] alive and well in the UK and across Europe, western and eastern, north, central, and south. Europe may seem hyper-PC because it's various governments and the EU pass all the 'correct' PC laws and regulations, including unfortunately limiting free speech. It's the 'hate' speech laws that simply push the far right fascist deeper underground, where they become even more radicalized. And they are popular, especially among youth.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 18, 2013 12:49:18 PM

  24. it's not that different from the explosion of racism after Obama's 2008 Presidential election. when the world makes a massive leap, the heel-draggers in society freak the Eff out.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 18, 2013 12:54:08 PM

  25. Remember the French were NOT taken over by the Nazis, they LET them in with open arms.

    Think about that.

    Posted by: Jose Soto | Apr 18, 2013 2:26:27 PM

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