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Sunday, March 24, 2013

PARIS, FRANCE: Riot police clash with protesters in Paris as 300,000 take to the streets to demonstrate against gay marriage (PHOTO STORY)

  • Police sprayed tear gas as protesters charged towards the Champs-Elysees
  • The leader of the Christian Democrats collapsed when she was teargased
  • Organisers say 1.5million people attended the protest opposing the bill
  • The Senate will vote on the 'marriage for everyone' bill next month
  • It would allow homosexual couples to get married and adopt children

At least 300,000 people converged on the centre of Paris in a protest opposing the bill that will allow homosexual couples to get married and adopt children  Riot police spray teargas on demonstrators during clashes on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris

A protestor appears to throw a traffic cone at a line of riot police during the demonstration

 Many people were bused in from the provinces to try and boost numbers before the protest turned violent

Thousands of French conservatives, families and activists took part in the demonstration against the new law

 Christine Boutin, leader of the French Christian Democratic Party, lays on the ground after receiving teargas

 Christine Boutin sat slumped on the ground after clashing with police.

Violence erupted when hundreds of youths charged towards the Champs Elysee, which had a protest ban

 A teenager clambers on top of a car as fellow protesters wave flags and shout slogans opposing the bill

Women dressed up in costumes from the French revolution and wore gags as they took part in the protest




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