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An overview of the stories making the French and international newspaper headlines. From Monday to Friday live at 7.20 am and 9.20 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2013-05-27

Same-sex Marriage... and a same-sex Palme D'Or

Monday’s French papers are dominated – yet again – by same-sex marriage. Sunday’s massive demos against the gay marriage law are on the front pages. But so is the on-screen, same-sex couple of Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos. They star in the film "Blue is the Warmest Colour", which won Cannes’ biggest prize on Sunday, as though bringing a long and heated debate to a climax.

Huge crowds – more than 150,000 people – descended on Paris’ streets to protest against same-sex marriage and adoption. Le Parisien says the crowds were indeed large, despite a recent Ifop poll indicating that 72% of French respondents believe protests should stop, now that the bill has passed into law. Montpellier will celebrate the first gay marriage this Wednesday.

It’s not just about the numbers. Le Figaro has a close-up on the young participants in Sunday’s demonstrations, saying even if the protests are now a lost cause, the months of organizing and marching have marked a generation, teaching them the values of civic action.

Not so, says Liberation. Conservative protesters have entertained delusions of grandeur, where demonstrators compare the anti-same-sex marriage protests to a kind of ‘French Spring.’ It’s not political, says Libé, it’s “hatred, reheated.”

By Kyle G. Brown

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