100 Arrested at Gay Marriage Protest in France

150K march in Paris

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted May 26, 2013 5:22 PM CDT

(Newser) – Gay marriage has been legal in France for a week now, but at least 150,000 Parisians are still pretty pissed about the new law, taking to the streets today in protest. Several hundred of the protesters clashed with police, throwing bottles and refusing to leave after the demonstration had ended, resulting in around 100 arrests, the AP reports. Coincidentally, the protest happened at the same time a French film about a lesbian romance won the prestigious Palme d'Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Anti-gay marriage demonstrators waving flags and chanting slogans protest in Paris, France, Sunday May 26, 2013. Thousands of people are protesting in central Paris against France's new gay marriage law. The law came into force over a week ago, but organizers decided to go forward with Sunday's long-planned demonstration to...
Anti-gay marriage demonstrators waving flags and chanting slogans protest in Paris, France, Sunday May 26, 2013. Thousands of people are protesting in central Paris against France's new gay marriage law....   (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Riot police officers face anti-gay marriage demonstrators during clashes in Paris, France.
Riot police officers face anti-gay marriage demonstrators during clashes in Paris, France.   (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
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