Anatomy of (another) retreat by the Hollande government

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Last Friday a minister insisted that the government's bill on the family was going ahead as planned. Then on Sunday a pro-family march by right-wingers attracted around 100,000 protesters and was hailed a success. By Monday morning the government had announced it would oppose any controversial amendments to the new bill – and in the afternoon it declared it was dropping the entire measure for at least a year. Lénaïg Bredoux and Mathieu Magnaudeix report on a retreat by the government in the face of protests.

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Another mass protest, another withdrawal by the government of a key measure that was backed by most of its supporters. Last year ministers decided to delay implementation of the eco-tax after widespread protests against it in Brittany in the west of the country. On Monday the government announced that it is now to postpone its planned bill on the family for at least a year, in the wake of the 'Manif pour tous' ('Demonstration for all') protest march through Paris on Sunday that attracted around 100,000 people from across the right. They were demonstrating against what they claim is this government’s 'family phobia'.