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Le Figaro - France | Wednesday, January 9, 2013

France lacks debate on same-sex marriage

Another big demonstration against same-sex marriage is set to take place in Paris on Sunday. France's Council of Ministers passed a draft law on the introduction of same-sex marriage and adoption rights for homosexual couples in November. The conservative daily Le Figaro criticises the lack of social debate on the issue: "'As president of France I will promote thoroughgoing debates.' Has François Hollande forgotten to apply the thirteenth of the fifteen promises he made as Nicolas Sarkozy's challenger to same-sex marriage? Why has he not kept his word on this issue which is so important for the future of our society? Even if the president tried to appease the representatives of the religious communities at a reception in the presidential palace on Tuesday, the harm has already been done. ... As he doesn't quite know what he wants himself, he has pitched the French against each other. He has divided them when he should have sought to unite them."

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