France's upper chamber of parliament has begun examining bill which gives homosexual couples the right to marry and adopt children.
The demonstrations are a response to the recent mobilisation of thousands of opponents of the government’s plan to legalise gay marriage.
Interior minister Manuel Valls bans all protests planned this weekend over French magazine cartoons denigrating Islam's Prophet Mohammed.
French embassies around the Islamic close following satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo's publication of caricatures of Prophet Mohammed.
A hundred people were arrested, and three police officers hurt, during a protest outside the US embassy in Paris against an anti-Islam film.