French conservatives march against government "family-phobia"
Published on Feb 3, 2014 6:22 AM
PARIS (REUTERS) - Over 100,000 conservative French marched through Paris and Lyon on Sunday accusing the government of "family-phobia" for legalising gay marriage and other planned policies they say will harm traditional families.
The marchers, expressing growing frustration with the unpopular left-wing government, denounced new sex equality lessons in schools and urged the government not to legalise medical procedures to help same-sex couples have children.
Most demonstrators were middle-class families, some pushing little children in prams, posing no apparent risk of violent confrontation with the police that Interior Minister Manuel Valls had said would be dealt with severely.
The government of President Francois Hollande, suffering poll ratings near record lows, has delayed further social reforms until after next month's municipal elections following massive protests against legalising same-sex marriage last year.
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