Agence France-PresseApril 18, 2013 06:46
French President Francois Hollande on Thursday hit out at "homophobic" acts by opponents of a same-sex marriage bill after violent protests that included an overnight attack on a gay bar.
With the bill close to final approval, opposition by religious groups, conservatives and the far-right has intensified, with demonstrations increasingly turning violent.
"Homophobic acts, violent acts have been committed. The right to protest is recognised by our constitution and accepted by the French. But no protest must degenerate," Hollande said.