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There were 150,000 demonstrators according to police, one million according to the protest organisers. On May 26, Paris was once again the venue for a massive demonstration against legislation granting marriage and adoption rights to same-sex couples. The "marriage for all" law, which was definitively adopted by France’s National Assembly on April 23, has already been passed. And the first official same-sex wedding is set to take place on May 29.

In spite of the large turnout for the protest, the organisers “were unable to hide their disagreements,” notes Le Parisien, which points out that the conservative opposition UMP remains divided over the question of same-sex marriage.

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… the government is clinging to the hope that these divisions will finally enable it to move on, but in the wake of yesterday’s protest, it has also understood that a minority of the population will never accept its reforms.