French MPs come to blows as gay marriage debate ends
Punches were reportedly thrown in the French parliament on Thursday night as MPs wrapped up the long debate on the government’s gay marriage bill.
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Enraged by what they believed was an insulting sneer by one of Justice Minister Christiane Taubira’s advisers while one of their number was speaking, about 20 right-wing MPs rushed onto the floor of parliament shouting “Out! Out!”.
“Punches were thrown,” according to Socialist MP Bernard Roman, while other sources said that one hit a parliamentary official called in to keep order.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Why can't they disagree peacefully, like sophisticated Europeans?
A little of that Gallic sang froid about which we keep hearing might have helped here: