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

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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. I disagree with David Ehrenstein's comment that "Christians are murderous thugs." Some are, most aren't. However, Rick's characterization of David as a "little New York Jew-boy" is wholly offensive.

    By the way, my understanding from reading the reports from France is that those doing the violence are Catholics who are ethnically French. Not the immigrant population. Check the photos: those anti-marriage crowds are overwhelmingly white.

    Posted by: John D | Apr 18, 2013 2:39:10 PM


  2. Archbishop Vingt Trois of France has called for action and cautioned this whole thing will lead to violence. They have already been warned.

    Posted by: simon | Apr 18, 2013 2:59:59 PM


  3. The leader of the protest Frigide Barjot is a female French comic, supposedly ethnic French.
    She said if Hollande wants blood, he will have it. Nothing subtle about it.

    Posted by: simon | Apr 18, 2013 3:09:17 PM


  4. "'This movement conducted by an ex actress called Frigide Barjot'"

    "The leader of the protest Frigide Barjot is a female French comic, supposedly ethnic French"

    Yes, let us not fail to note that the ring leader is a WOMAN.

    As I have noted many times, when it becomes apparent that male homosexuality may actually become acceptable in society and even condoned, women will begin to see the threat that sexual liberation of men poses to their (women's) source of power, namely their ability to keep men emotionally, sexually, and socially dependent on them.

    So add this woman to the ever-expanding list.....

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 18, 2013 4:09:07 PM


  5. unlike Rick, who is emotionally and sexually-dependent on his computer :D

    "i hate women and effeminates!" - Rick

    yes, but you're going to die alone in your closet. so ROCK ON, ladies! whatever keeps the RICKs of the world afraid and indoors is a-ok with me :D

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 18, 2013 4:15:24 PM


  6. Very sad..

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Apr 18, 2013 5:19:53 PM


  7. It is 1:35am and I am watching the parliamentary debates,live on TV. The debates have been suspended because some deputees of the UMP party (the party against gay and lesbian marriage is France's conservative party) have attacked (punches) one of the National Assembly's bailiff who was assisting the minister supportive of gay and lesbian marriage (that's his job but on hearing the bullshits one of the UMP deputee was saying, the bailiff suddenly.....sighed). It was an excuse for them to start a physical attack. This is shoking. In the same time another homophobic attack took place (now I am watching the news) in the city of Bordeaux, in a gay bar... These events are so shoking...It is hard to find some sleep...
    Now it's 02:35 am : France is still a democracy for now, the Minister Christiane Taubira (my personnal hero !) and the president of the National Assembly are committed to resuming debates......

    Posted by: brekilian | Apr 18, 2013 8:13:02 PM


  8. But let gays threaten violence and see what happens.

    Posted by: J. Leo | Apr 18, 2013 11:18:39 PM


  9. Rick- David Ehrenstein isn't exactly what you called him, he's a schvartze.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 18, 2013 11:45:39 PM


  10. I would imagine that Rick thinks of Kiwi the same way he reacts to the news saying Toronto will have lake effect snow. Who flucking cares?

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 18, 2013 11:47:09 PM


  11. It's just incredible that this is happening in France, home of the Enlightenment. French gays and lesbians must be both startled and sobered to realize how much anti-gay hate seethes beneath the surface of French society--and how easily it is stirred into violence. I'll never see France the same again.

    Posted by: Jim | Apr 19, 2013 12:13:20 AM


  12. I don't know why you're all surprised. France has always been a country that places willful value on its traditions and resists radical change. They don't appreciate cultural shifts. This is the same country that hostility resents visitors who dare speak their native tongue. Where in the world did you get the impression that they are, or would be, gay marriage-friendly?

    Posted by: Lexi | Apr 19, 2013 12:15:49 AM


  13. @Lexi,

    We probably got that impression from the fact that every single poll shows the French support gay marriage, that Hollande campaigned on gay marriage and won convincingly, and that the legislature is finishing up approving gay marriage.

    Any other questions?

    Posted by: Brian | Apr 19, 2013 2:12:41 AM


  14. Of course it is not surprising the opposition tries to stir up some sheet after losing at the ballot box. It could have been other issues other than gay marriage. It just happened that it was the first item on the Socialist's agenda. Their supporters (same as those of the Church) are among the most uneducated and ignorant of the Republic and are exactly the same people who hide behind those big words like civilization and tradition.

    Posted by: simon | Apr 19, 2013 11:25:35 AM


  15. christians brothers may be soft hearted. thus let the muslims brothers do the assaults on gay/lesbians.

    Posted by: submitter | Apr 22, 2013 9:12:21 PM


  16. christians brothers may be soft hearted. thus let the muslims brothers do the assaults on gay/lesbians.

    Posted by: submitter | Apr 22, 2013 9:12:21 PM


  17. christians brothers may be soft hearted. thus let the muslims brothers do the assaults on gay/lesbians.

    Posted by: submitter | Apr 22, 2013 9:12:21 PM


  18. @Francis #1

    You were right Francis, progress finally came to France. Thank you for your support. I am so happy !!!

    Posted by: brekilian | Apr 23, 2013 11:16:24 AM


  19. At the end of the article it mentions that 24 counter-protesters were arrested. Does anyone know what they did to merit detainment?

    Posted by: MGP | Apr 26, 2013 10:40:50 AM


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