PARIS — A gay couple in Paris said they were attacked and beaten on Saturday for walking arm-in-arm in what LGBT advocates in the country say is indicative of a rise in anti-gay attacks in France since Parliament began debating a measure that would legalize same-sex marriage.
“I woke up in an ambulance covered in blood, missing tooth and broken bones around the eye.
“I’m home now. Very sad.”
Elizabeth Ronzier, President of gay-rights group SOS Homophobie, called the attack a “shocking and incredibly violent incident.”
“We have seen a thirty percent rise in the number of homophobic incidents since October,” she told The Local. “This is a result of the opposition towards the gay marriage bill.”
Gay rights groups are set to hold a protest on Wednesday in response to the attack against De Bruijn.