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FRANCE: Anti-Gay Protesters Battle Riot Police After Same-Sex Marriage Vote

More violence broke out in Paris tonight following the final passage of same-sex marriage. Via the Associated Press:
Within hours, fiery clashes broke out between protesters and riot police. Legions of officers stayed late into the night, and a protest against the measure turned violent near the Invalides complex of museums and monuments. Protesters threw glass bottles, cans and metal bars at police, who responded with tear gas. Earlier in the day, there appeared to be more police than protesters outside the Parliament building on Paris' Left Bank, but that calculation soon shifted as night fell and thousands gathered to protest the bill. The protest dwindled to a few stalwarts shortly before midnight, when the violence began among a few hundred demonstrators including some who carried signs saying "Socialist dictatorship."
Some early reports claimed that protesters had hurled Molotov cocktails at the police, but the AP appears to have removed that word from their articles. This must be the youth movement that Brian Brown is so proud of.

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