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Violence in Paris Breaks Out After Marriage Equality Passes: VIDEOS


Violence broke out in Paris following yesterday's passage of the marriage equality bill.

2_parisThe Local reports on the violence.

Along their route towards Place des Invalides, the protesters furiously booed President Hollande and the bill's architects. One marcher, 41-year-old Nicolas, from outside Paris, told The Local: "I'm scandalized by this. By the attitude of the government, who have completely ignored more than one million protesters."

Despite the requests of organizers that marchers disperse peacefully, a hard core group of around 500 refused to leave the Invalides.Their anger soon boiled over as bottles and firecrackers were hurled at the riot police, who had blocked off a street leading to the parliament.

One officer was taken to hospital with a head wound after being hit by a brick. “The clashes were extremely violent,” one officer told French media.

Police, who responded with tear gas, made 12 arrests. The protesters also turned their ire on journalists in the vicinity, shouting “scumbags" and “collaborators” at the members of the press. At one point a mob of masked protesters chased a group of journalists down the street and a photographer from AFP was sprayed with tear gas.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls later said those arrested were linked to far-right organisations.

Watch videos of the demonstrations, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. So much for liberté, égalité, fraternité...thankfully lawmakers stepped up when it counted. Bravo!

    Posted by: Leppy | Apr 24, 2013 7:59:42 AM

  2. France reaps what NOM sows.

    Posted by: Lars | Apr 24, 2013 8:01:36 AM

  3. This is the new NOM tactic... threatening violence. Let's also not forget that NOM is just an arm of the Catholic Church... your tax deductible donations at work...

    Posted by: Gerry | Apr 24, 2013 8:25:41 AM

  4. This is the evil barbaric terrorist behavior NOM perpetuates and enables.

    Posted by: RMc | Apr 24, 2013 8:46:13 AM

  5. Go home Christianity. You're drunk.

    Posted by: Thomas | Apr 24, 2013 9:05:19 AM

  6. buffoons.

    Posted by: Tim | Apr 24, 2013 9:26:09 AM

  7. And tomorrow they will find yet another lame excuse to make a riot. These people can not be bothered by marriage equality, obviously other things are boiling there and they found a useful catalyst. They will totally forget about marriage, even their own.

    Posted by: SayTheTruth | Apr 24, 2013 9:50:21 AM

  8. I have a friend that lived in Lille and now back in Paris who says the protests have been hijacked by skinhead groups, etc, as a means of acting out and having a moment in the sun.

    I've heard interviews on BBC where French people use the "kids need mother & fathers" line. As in the USA, the interviewer always forgets to say that procreation isn't a requirement of marriage.

    Anyone else have friends we can ask what's really going on in Paris?

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Apr 24, 2013 9:51:00 AM

  9. I'm sure NOM and FRC and AFA were just salivating at the thought of doing the same thing here. Except, they're too cowardly to do so. A friend told me that much of the incitement to violence was from Muslim groups around France who are virulently anti-gay.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Apr 24, 2013 10:27:17 AM

  10. Well,so much for the whole "what would jesus do" thing.Religious tyranny is dying,and behaving like a stampede of wild animals is all they can do.

    Posted by: Mikah | Apr 24, 2013 11:06:59 AM

  11. Well,so much for the whole "what would jesus do" thing.Religious tyranny is dying,and behaving like a stampede of wild animals is all they can do.

    Posted by: Mikah | Apr 24, 2013 11:06:59 AM

  12. the US actually looks sophisticated compared to THIS!

    Posted by: redball | Apr 24, 2013 11:15:57 AM

  13. Maybe if they had just overturned the tables of the money lenders, but no, just like cutting off the ear of one of the Roman Soldiers, these acts will be displeasing to their God, which I doubt they really believe in due to their violent and very unchristian actions.

    Posted by: StevyD | Apr 24, 2013 11:41:34 AM

  14. Such a disappointment, what we've been seeing from France. The majority of citizens are against equal adoption. I think the adoption issue is what's the biggest drama and it's led to marriage equality support dropping from the high-60s to 58.

    NOM has blood on their hands. The Catholic church has turned this into a "gays are going after your kids" argument and it's obviously worked with some of the populous. Happy that the country has equality and French gays should celebrate as if this hate isn't occurring. As scary as it is, we must assert ourselves in society if we're to truly gain acceptance.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Apr 24, 2013 12:20:14 PM

  15. SayTheTruth:
    Unfortunately there is still a large group of disaffected youths living in those miserable housing projects in France. There were riots in 2005. It is just a time bomb ready to explode. This is just an excuse.

    Posted by: simon | Apr 24, 2013 12:33:52 PM

  16. I've been watching the news here (in France), this is not getting the play as I'm seeing it above here. According to friends in Paris, the number of protesters is pathetically (in a good way) small, and the protests are just a final desperate attempt at making some noise. Also the protests have more to do about being against François Hollande and are using the gay marriage vote symbolically, as one of many things they have against the president. This said, that doesn't make the situation any better, but the bill is passed, that's what's important. But I agree with the first post, the hypocrisy of so-called French intellectual and moral superiority—liberté, fraternité, égalité, as usual just a bunch of mumbo-jumbo.

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Apr 24, 2013 2:22:15 PM

  17. Ils sont comme des petits enfants mechants

    Posted by: Mark | Apr 24, 2013 3:04:59 PM

  18. Thank you tinkerbelle on the news from France. Its always nice to hear whats going on from the frontlines and not what is considered sensational.

    Posted by: Jeff | Apr 24, 2013 4:37:47 PM

  19. Tough toe nails right wingers!

    Posted by: FrankC | Apr 24, 2013 8:21:40 PM

  20. Long live France! protector of children!

    Posted by: DuHasstmich | May 11, 2013 12:47:16 PM

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