Hundreds of thousands of people — conservative activists, children, retirees, priests, many bussed in from the French provinces — converged on the capital on Sunday in a last-ditch attempt to stop the bill. The lower house of France's parliament approved the "marriage for everyone" bill last month with a large majority, and it now faces a vote in the senate next month. Sustained protests led by opposition conservatives have eroded support for the draft law in recent months, and organisers hope the march will weigh on the senate debate. The first few hours of the protest were peaceful.
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Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you. The rally, organised by conservative Catholic group Civitas, was marred by accusations that journalists covering the rally and topless counter-protesters partially dressed as nuns had been roughed up by demonstrators. She claimed the women were hit by their pursuers, who also lashed out at journalists filming the scene. Several photographers were roughed up, an AFP photographer said. The local police station said officers had made five arrests.
Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you. Demonstrators wave flags at Trocadero plaza to protest against gay marriage in Paris. The march was briefly interrupted by six topless feminist protesters from the Femen group who were quickly surrounded by demonstrators before police intervened. Police said up to 24, people took part, while organisers put the number far higher at ,
On Sunday, some , people took to the streets of Paris to speak against legislation allowing gay marriage. The demonstration was mainly organized by Catholic groups, which fear that such legislation will destroy the family. Femen activists appeared amidst the demonstrators wearing costumes of sexy nuns. The activists were topless as usual, with slogans written across their chests.