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Opponents of gay marriage flood Paris streets in protest

Published on Jan 14, 2013 6:20 AM
A demonstrator waves a flag on the Champ de Mars near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, to protest France's planned legalisation of same-sex marriage, Jan 13, 2013. -- PHOTO : REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - Hundreds of thousands of protestors flooded the streets of Paris on Sunday in protest at government plans to legalise gay marriage and adoption.

With the proposed legislation due to go before parliament at the end of this month, opponents travelled from all over France for a demonstration supported by leaders of the mainstream centre-right opposition, the Catholic church and France's five-million-strong Muslim community.

Organisers of the 'demo for all' (a reference to the government's billing of its legislation as 'marriage for all') estimated attendance at 800,000, but the police suggested a figure of around 340,000 was nearer the mark.

The protestors hope their show of strength will put pressure on President Francois Hollande to review the plans or agree a referendum.

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