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Hundreds of thousands of people have taken part in a final protest in Paris against a bill to legalise same-sex marriage and adoption.

There were scuffles and police fired tear gas as the protest spilled over onto the Champs Elysees, the avenue which runs past the president’s palace.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls said there had been dozens of arrests.

France’s Senate is due to debate the bill next month after it was passed by the lower house of parliament.

President Francois Hollande’s Socialist Party and its allies dominate both houses.

Opinion polls suggest a majority of French people still support gay marriage but their numbers have fallen in recent weeks.

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French leaders, once poised to pass a same-sex marriage bill, are meeting opposition to their efforts.

An estimated 350,000 proponents of marriage rallied near the Eiffel Tower last Sunday, urging the government to retain marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The protest was one of France’s largest in decades, according to news outlets.

A multi-faith coalition including Christians, Jews, and Muslims are protesting the move to redefine marriage.

The effort is a troubling move for the country, which is facing its own deteriorating marriage culture. Redefining marriage would intensify the confusion plaguing France over the purpose and public nature of marriage.

The rallying cries in France, much like in America, are turning the discussion to the needs of children, not just the desires of adults.

Government recognizes marriage because it is an institution that is fundamental to society’s stability. Government—whether French or American—should not obscure the truth about marriage by accepting a revisionist view of marriage, which sees marriage as primarily about emotional bonds or legal privileges. In redefining marriage to include same-sex relationships, government would weaken marital norms, which would further delink childbearing from marriage and hurt spouses and children—especially the most vulnerable. It would deny a mother or father to a child as a matter of policy. Citizens would also lose more of their freedom of religion and conscience.

Sadly, reports indicate that the French government is ignoring the people’s voice

Like his father before him, French publisher, author and political commentator Eric Naulleau was born into a military family assigned to a temporary foreign posting. But because his birth happened abroad, where his father – himself born in Lebanon to a French army father – was serving France’s national interests, Naulleau has had to wage a long and surreal battle with the government to prove that he’s actually a French citizen. Naulleau is just one of a growing number of French people born outside France or in the country to foreign parents who are now being told they must present documents supporting their nationality if they want to keep it.

“What a lot of people don’t realize is that with the increasingly strict obligation to prove your citizenship, you can walk into a state administration today to have your ID or passport renewed, and walk out virtually a stateless person,” says Naulleau, 48, whose family had been posted to Baden-Baden, Germany – about 30 miles from the French border – when he was born in 1961. “The situation is creating a two-class system of citizenship in which French nationals born abroad or to foreign parents are treated as inferior, and forced to prove their worthiness of being French more than others.”

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France to launch national pride campaign in battle against Islamic fundamentalism

By Peter Allen

France is to adopt a series of measures to ‘reaffirm pride’ in the country and combat Islamic fundamentalism.

They include everybody receiving lessons in the nation’s Christian history and children singing the national anthem.

Using words which infuriated ethnic minority groups and Socialist opponents, immigration minister Eric Besson also said he wanted ‘foreigners to speak better French’.

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     I received this in an email today, and thought it was well worth sharing:

    When in England, at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was
asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an
example of empire building by George Bush. He answered by saying:
    ‘Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young
men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The
only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those
that did not return.’
    You could have heard a pin drop.

American National Cemetery in Normandy France

    There was a conference in France where a number of international
engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break,
one of the French engineers came back into the room saying ‘Have you heard
the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to
Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intended to do, bomb
them?’ A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly:
    ‘Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several
hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical
power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to
feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand
gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen
helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their
flight deck. We have eleven such ships; how many doesFrance have?’
    You could have heard a pin drop.


    A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included
Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At
a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of
Officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was
chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral
suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans
learn only English. He then asked, ‘Why is it that we always have to speak
English in these conferences rather than speaking French?’ Without
hesitating, the American Admiral replied,
    ‘Maybe it’s because the British, Canadians, Australians and
Americans arranged it so you wouldn’t have to speak German.’
    You could have heard a pin drop.


    Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by
plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in
his carry on. “You have been to France before, monsieur?” the customs
officer asked sarcastically. Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France
previously. “Then you should know enough to have your passport ready.” The
American said, ”The last time I was here, I didn’t have to show it.”
“Impossible. Americans always have to show your passports on arrival in
France!” The American gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly
    ”Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help
liberate this country, I couldn’t find a single Frenchmen to show a passport
    You could have heard a pin drop.

    If you are proud to be an American, pass this on!