Skip to comments.Tens of thousands protest in France defending traditional family values
Posted on 02/02/2014 5:21:05 PM PST by Maelstorm
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Paris and Lyon Sunday to protest against Frances 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.
RTs 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.
The groups 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.
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 wouldnt want to find myself alongside a minority whose positions are dubious or even quite problematic, he told RCJ radio.
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 Frances 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 Hollandes 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 Hollandes socialists.
“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. “
Unreal that the Fwench showed more spine on this issue.
We’re too busy complaining on our computers to each other about our country going to hell, so we don’t have the time to actually do anything about it. Besides, the French are much braver than Americans are.
I wish they’d have chosen a color other than PINK.
Everytime I see the color pink on banners ...placards or flags at a demonstration.... my mind immediately “goes to” code pink.
this is the first time ive seen “les fraincais muselmans” demonstrate for anything other than sharia!
How low has the USA sunk as a nation, when France appears to be morally superior?
I really, really want to see the GayKK launch a campaign against the muslims like they did Phil Robertson.
It amazes me how quickly Americans roll over for tyranny. The French have gained a lot of respect from me. I think even the left have been amazed at how big the response has been against gay marriage in France. Hollande is the lowest ranked French president ever because of this and his outrageous failed socialist economic policy.
ahaha I SECOND THAT MOTION!
the gaykk indeed!
maybe one percent of the popultion...MAYBE and they hold sway like royalty in most areas.
The problem we have is even among conservatives especially many younger ones there is a need to be seen as acceptable to the left especially on social issues as if there is some clear difference between social issue and economic issues and the left are vitriolic and intolerant to anyone who disagrees on issues like gay marriage. We have succeeded in pushing back ala Chikfila and Duck Dynasty but the pro marriage movement in the US even though it still represents a huge portion of the electorate has failed to produce such massive demonstrations. This can be turned around but it is going to take an aggressive movement like they have in France to do it. There is a lot US Conservative family advocates could learn from the French.
Mon dieu! Now even the French are looking for conservative than America.
True. I think they need to wheel out that guillotine and start using it on the liberals who have taken over their country. And when they are done with it, they should ship it over here.
This is the first country where I can feasibly see this abomination REVERSED! VIVA LA FRANCE!
May God bless and protect them. Good to see so many young people in those crowds.
I know what you and to think that pink used to be my favorite color.
the adoption of pink...by all the f;aming progressive yahoos...has greatly tainted its reputation
If I were of the same sort of mind that they are...I’d demand....that they stop using the color.. and should they fail to do so....Id SUE them...
I don’t know about the gays in France, but those in the U.S. will destroy you however they can....
That’s because nobody bullies and intimidates like the lavender mafia.
their pretenses to being happy ...well adjusted types....are all too well lnow to law enforcement from what I understand. Crimes of passion in the “gay” “community” are Im told WAY over the edge
I knew a number of them when I was in property management. They are not the happy bunch they try to portray. Their sexual issues are only a small part, even a bi-product, if you will, of their deep emotional problems.
I don’t believe that they are attracted primarily sexually to members of the same sex. I believe it’s emotional attraction with the sexual aspect following merely because we are sexual beings.
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