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Paris organisers of pro-Palestine demo vow to proceed despite ban

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The organisers of a demonstration planned for this weekend in solidarity with Palestinians amid the Israel-Gaza military conflict said they will go ahead with their march despite an official ban on the gathering which, authorities argue, carried the threat of public disturbance.

The video evidence of how French police sabotaged a Paris demonstration

France — Investigation

Mediapart has gathered and analysed hundreds of videos taken during a demonstration staged in Paris on December 12th 2020 against the French government's controversial “global security” law. Our investigation shows the unlawful nature of dozens of police charges carried out that day. It also documents the arbitrary arrests of demonstrators, baton blows given for no reason and the misleading statements made by interior minister Gérald Darmanin, especially over the nature and outcome of the arrests made. Sébastien Bourdon, Camille Polloni, Antton Rouget and Antoine Schirer investigate.

Undocumented migrants mount protest at Paris Panthéon monument

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A group of hundreds of mostly West Afican migrants stormed the Panthéon mausoleum in the Paris Latin Quarter on Friday to demand that the government review their status as illegal residents unable to obtain recognised rights to work and live in France.

French and Italian far-right groups stage joint anti-migrant protest

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The youth arms of France's Rassemblement national (National Rally) party, formerly called the Front National, and its far-right Italian ally, the League, staged a joint demonstration near the French-Italian border on Sunday to demand tough measures against what they said was the 'overwhelming' of Europe by migrants.

French women down tools to mark gaping gender pay gap

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A feminist group urged French women to leave work at 4.34 p.m. on Monday to highlight the pay gap between men and women's average hourly wage which, at 15.1% in 2010, means a woman will work 38.2 days more than a man for the same salary.

Anti-gay marriage movement back on the streets of Paris

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The movement that unsuccessfully opposed a 2013 reform to introduce same-sex marriages in France held its first demonstration in two years on Sunday in Paris, which police estimated drew 24,000 while the organisers claimed an attendance of 200,000.

The obscure allies of France's anti-gay marriage movement

France

The movement that led opposition to France’s law allowing for same-sex marriages, which was introduced in May 2013, called its supporters back on the streets of Paris on Sunday, in a test of its strength to influence conservative candidates in next year’s presidential and parliamentary elections. While calling for a repeal of the law, it more realistically also targets, among other issues, adoption rights for gay couples and their access to artificial reproduction methods and surrogate pregnancy. As Lucie Delaporte reports, the largely right-wing and Catholic movement called ‘La Manif Pour Tous’ is, a fact unknown to many in France, part of a broad alliance of similarly-minded campaigning groups across Europe, the United States and Russia.

Far-right activists arrested in Calais after anti-migrant actions

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Police arrested 14 people after they torched tyres and blocked bridges in the Channel port in protests against thousands of migrants gathered there.

White House regrets abscence from giant Paris rally against terror

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White House spokesman admits regrets that a high-profile US government representative did not join world leaders present on Sunday's march.

Paris police arrest 38 after violence at banned pro-Palestinian rally

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Cars were set alight and rocks thrown at police, who reported 14 officers injured, in clashes after the outlawed protest at Israel's Gaza offensive.

Last-ditch anti-gay marriage protest in Paris

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Two days before a final vote onFrance's same-sex marriage bill, thousands of opponents demonstrated in Paris in a last bid to block the legislation.

Major Paris rally in support of same-sex marriage bill

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An estimated 250,000 people marched through Paris on Sunday in support of a same-sex marriage bill due to go before parliament on Tuesday.

October 17, 1961: the night Paris police turned mass murderers

International — Report

This Monday marks the macabre anniversary of one night of events that have largely been written out of official French history. On October 17th 1961, hundreds of Algerian pro-independence demonstrators were attacked and murdered by Paris police, most of them thrown into the river Seine. Official records report only two people died. The day will be marked by a series of demonstrations around France, calling for the formal recognition of the massacre that has remained smothered by cynicism, and latterly indifference, for half a century. Patricia Brett reports on the background and details of that sinister, cold autumn evening.