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Tens of thousands protest in France defending traditional family values (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Published time: February 02, 2014 18:37
Edited time: February 03, 2014 05:35

A banner reads, "No to Gender Theory" as people wave trademark pink, blue and white flags during a protest march called, "La Manif pour Tous" (Demonstration for All) against France's legalisation of same-sex marriage and to show their support of traditional family and education values, in Paris February 2, 2014 (Reuters / Benoit Tessier)

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Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Paris and Lyon Sunday to protest against France’s legalization of gay marriage and defend their interpretation of traditional family values, which brought together conservatives from across France.

Ahead of the protest, some 1,500 police officers were deployed in Paris and 600 in the central city of Lyon, according to Reuters.

The Interior minister, Manuel Valls, warned that any violence towards the police would be dealt with severely.

RT’s Peter Oliver reported from Paris that the protests are the latest in a wave of unrest which has been spreading though France.

“The campaigners say they are marching in defense of traditional family values. They say they are against proposed changes to the law that would make homosexual marriage legal and against alternative ways for homosexual couples to have children either through IVF or adoption,” Oliver said.

The demonstrations have been coordinated by the organization ‘Manif Pour Tous’, which translates as ‘Protest for Everyone’. The organization led efforts to stop the legalization of same sex marriage and adoption by same-sex couples in France last year.

‘Manif Pour Tous’ has already highlighted two issues, which it hopes to defeat in the future, namely the questions of medically assisted procreation (MAP) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) for gay and lesbian couples.

Supporters of the "La Manif Pour Tous" (Protest for Everyone) movement demonstrate to defend their vision of the traditional family, on February 2, 2014 in Paris (AFP Photo / Eric Feferberg)

The group’s leader, Ludovine de la Rochere, said that the protests were designed to “warn the government as early as possible of our opposition to offering MAP to female couples and of IVF because a child needs a father and a mother.”

The French government has dismissed speculation that it plans to increase access to medically assisted procreation and surrogacy for gay couples.

There has also been anger among conservatives in France of what is known as an “equality ABC “ program in primary schools, where rumors are spreading that young children are to be taught gender theory.

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The rumors spiralled out of hand to the point that some French newspapers were reporting that school children would be taught how to masturbate and to reject their own sexual identity. The rumors, according to AFP, show the feverish level to which Catholic right wing groups will go to, to whip up public support.

But the more moderate side to the protest was compared by Valls to the Republican Tea Party movement in the US, “we are witnessing the constitution of a Tea Party a la Francaise,” he said in an interview with the newspaper Le Journal Dimanche.

He added that the French moderate right “has a duty to distance itself from movements that refuse to accept the democratic decisions of parliament.”

Geoffroy Didier, the deputy secretary general of the opposition center-right UMP, blamed the government for creating the crisis and accused them of “pulling the pins on social grenades”.

“More and more of our compatriots indeed want to preserve their economic, social and societal model. I wouldn’t want to find myself alongside a minority whose positions are dubious or even quite problematic,” he told RCJ radio.

Supporters of the "La Manif Pour Tous" (Protest for Everyone) movement demonstrate to defend their vision of the traditional family, on February 2, 2014 in Paris (AFP Photo / Eric Feferberg)

Francoise Hollande signed the controversial marriage bill into law in May last year making France the 14th country in the world to allow gay marriage.

The legislation was opposed by many people in France, although opinion polls at the time showed that 55-60 percent of French people supported gay marriage.The frequent protects against the law were conflated by other anti-government grievances coming from the right.

Robert Harneis, a journalist and author specializing in French society, told RT that despite France’s reputation as a country of liberal values, about one third of the population believe in the traditional family and will not back down on this issue and it is this part of society that is driving the protests.

“About one third of the population feels very strongly about this, they will not let go on this subject and the more the government pushes it, the more they will push back. In the background there is the new Pope, which is inspiring them to try harder,” said Harneis.

There has also been general dissatisfaction towards the president Francoise Hollande. Last week several thousand people marched through Paris in a “Day of Anger” against Hollande’s socialist led government. Around 17,000 people took part in the demonstration. Violence broke out. Nineteen policemen were injured and 226 people detained in the clashes.

Hollande, who was elected in 2012, is the most unpopular French president in modern times. In the run-up to European elections in the spring the far-right Front National is rising in popularity and is expected to command as much of the vote as Hollande’s socialists.

People wave trademark pink, blue and white flags during a protest march called, "La Manif pour Tous" (Demonstration for All) against France's legalisation of same-sex marriage and to show their support of traditional family and education values, in Paris February 2, 2014 (Reuters / Benoit Tessier)

Comments (86)

 

Alex Vasilenko 07.05.2014 08:24

[quote name='Dan Olson' time='03.02.2014 17:58']France like the rest of Western culture is slowly dying thanks to progressives.[/quote ]

Perhaps we should go back to the golden days when we derived our morals from the bible. We can have moral things like, slavery, rape victims forced to marry their rapists, outlawed homosexuality, fathers being able to sell daughters as sex slaves, death for silly non-crimes like working on Sabbath, and many more things our immoral western ways removed.

Un fortunately the bible will remove the traditional nuclear family, because the bible allows one husband and multiple wives. Though

 

Ricardo Koch 04.02.2014 20:40

Aaron Garton 03.02.2014 16:40



Wh at country are you living in? I have never heard of this sort of thing.

  


Is Swistzerland, but in all other countries you mentioned, this unpleasant phenomenon also occurs, because this is a part of WHO global educational agenda. I also found similar social devolution signs also in south america. So never give up to defend the traditional families, not important how long and loud this ridiculous minority of pervs screams around. Make equal what is equal, make law what makes sense. they only want us to shut up and surrender, but we will not, NEVER!

 

Pera Zdera 04.02.2014 19:08

Eric R. Albright 03.02.2014 21:01

Homosexuality is of course natural and is an ancient trait. Most every species of creature practices homosexuality in some form or other as a matter of habit and enjoyment, and those who consider "traditional&am p;amp;qu ot; forms of marriage and cohabitation as being only for one man and one women need at least to refer to their objective history and biology books.

  


oh, eric, we know too well that you kind will do or say anything to be called "normal". and that is not possible, sorry...simply not possible...


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