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Thousands of people marched through Paris yesterday, three weeks after the deadly attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Around 1,000 police secured the route.
“Three weeks on from the LGBT-phobic and racist attack in Orlando, to march is an act of resistance. We must not give into fear,” said Inter-LGBT association spokesperson Amandine Miguel.
The celebrations sparked a heated debate in the right-wing party Front National after its student association at the Paris Institute of Political Studies supported the march. The party’s Vice President Louis Aliot voiced his disapproval. “The FN does not support the gay pride march, an exhibitionist and anti-FN symbol of militant communitarianism,” said Aliot.
FN leader Marine Le Pen has attempted to soften the party’s hard-line position by advocating for civil partnerships for same-sex couples.