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Thousands attend pro-family demonstration in Paris

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More than 250,000 people took to the streets in Paris on Sunday to express their opposition to "anti-family" proposals in France, including plans to legalise medical procedures that will allow same-sex couples to have children.

Alan Craig of the GayMarriageNoThanks campaign, who was was invited to represent the UK by organisers, La Manif Pour Tous, said: "The youthfulness of the protesters was noticeable. Overwhelmingly the participants were in their twenties and thirties, a nd teenagers were conspicuous by their noisy enthusiasm and, often, street dancing too.

"As in the UK, the government is ignoring the people as it drives through its anti-family proposals. But, clearly, at the grass-roots the traditional natural family is alive and well and full of youthful support in France."

Last year, La Manif Pour Tous organised massive street protests against the introduction of same-sex ‘marriage’ and laws permitting same-sex couples to adopt children. 

On Sunday, contributions were made by delegates from Spain, Italy, Portugal, Poland and Slovakia, as well as GayMarriageNoThanks from the UK. 

Alan concluded: “The purpose of the protest was to mobilise opposition in France to 'surrogacy, medically-assisted procreation and the promotion of gender theory in schools' but as previously the protection of children and the natural family were the main drivers in the background.

“This is now the start of a pan-European pro-natural family movement which Gay Marriage No Thanks is committed to support.”

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