Protesters against the French government’s action legalizing gay marriage grew in numbers after the vote Tuesday, then turned more violent toward midnight.
According to an Associated Press story, protestors threw bottles, cans and metal bars at police who lobbed tear gas back.
Much of the press I’ve read has treated the action of the French government as heroic. One headline talked about how the French government had “stared down the conservatives” to pass the law. An issue that sets off marches of as much as a million and a half citizens is deeply controversial, at best. What the French government “stared down” was its own citizens.
I have no idea how things will proceed now that the measure, which takes effect in June, has passed.
From the Associated Press: