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FRANCE: Manif Pour Tous Stages Massive Marches Against LGBT Families

Via Radio France:
Thousands of people took to the streets in Paris and Bordeaux to demonstrate against medically assisted procreation techniques for lesbian couples and surrogacy. In Paris, the demonstrators, which consisted of adults and children, waved pink and blue flags as they marched from Porte Dauphine to Montparnasse. Around one thousand policemen were mobilised for the demonstration in the French capital. According to Ludovine de la Rochere, president of Manif Pour Tous that organised the demonstration, such techniques must be "fought at all costs.” Manif pour Tous had fought against the adoption of same-sex marriage in France last year. However, President Francois Hollande defied the protests and in April 2013, France became the 14th country worldwide to legalise same-sex marriage. An Ifop poll for the Atlantico website on Sunday showed that less than a third (31 percent) of French people were behind the values of the demonstration.
Attendance numbers have not yet been announced, but Manif Pour Tous said yesterday that they expected to exceed the 100,000 that demonstrated in February. Earlier marches ended with violent clashes with riot police, but today's rallies appear to have been peaceful so far.

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