Tens of thousands protest in Paris against France’s gay marriage law

France Gay Marriage

PARIS — Tens of thousands of people protested against France‘s new gay marriage law in central Paris on Sunday.

The law came into force over a week ago, but organizers decided to go ahead with the long-planned demonstration to show their continued opposition as well as their frustration with President Francois Hollande, who had made legalizing gay marriage one of his keynote campaign pledges in last year’s election.

Thibault Camus, AP
Anti-gay marriage protestors gather during a demonstration in Paris on Sunday against French President Francois Hollande’s social reform on gay marriage and adoption.

Marchers set off from three separate points across Paris, and by early evening they filled the Invalides esplanade just across the Seine River from the Champs Elysees.

Police estimated around 150,000 people took part in the demonstration, but march organizers claimed on their Twitter account that more than a million people did.

A similar protest in March drew about 300,000.

Around 5,000 police were on duty Sunday because previous anti-gay marriage protests have seen clashes between far-right protesters and the police.

© 2013, Associated Press, All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

This Story Filed Under