The Big Debate: Row Over French Family Values




Months of protest preceded the Socialist Mariage pour Tous law that now allows same-sex marriage. Protests have continued as an unexpectedly large proportion of French society shows it remains fiercely loyal to traditional family values.

Defenders of traditional French family values protest under the Manif pour Tous banner (Credit Facebook)

Defenders of traditional French family values protest under the Manif pour Tous banner (Credit Facebook)

In a two-part series François PICARD of France24, the national English-language broadcaster, and some senior French opinion-makers, debate the issues that have caused government to delay some of its more controversial changes to family legislation.

For related reports on street demonstrations and the tensions currently wracking French society see here and here.

France’s Family Values Row
Published to YouTube on Feb 3, 2014

Eight months after same-sex marriage became the law of the land in France they’re still demonstrating. Police say there were tens of thousands in the streets of Paris and Lyon, all marching against what they term the Socialist government’s ‘familyphobia’. This time, unlike last week’s protests, it was peaceful. Which way is the pendulum swinging on social values in France?

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Produced and prepared by Anelise Borges, Haxie Meyers-Belkin and Diaraye Bah
Presented By François PICARD

GUESTS: Jean Marc SANCHEZ Lawyer, Paris Bar Franco-Hispanic Commission, Franck MARGAIN Vice President of the Christian Democratic Party, Christophe MARTET Director of publications, YAGG Magazine & Jean Marie SALAMITO Historian, Université Paris IV-Sorbonne.
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