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A pro gay marriage militant is arrested by anti-riot police officers during a demonstration by supporters of the anti-gay marriage movement 'La Manif Pour Tous' (Demonstration for all!) in Nantes, western France. The final vote on France's landmark bill allowing gay marriage has been fast-tracked to next week and has proved hugely controversial in a country that is officially secular but predominantly Catholic (AFP)

French politicians scuffle over same-sex marriage legislation

Scuffles broke out in the French parliament in the early hours of as right-wing opposition to a gay marriage law becomes increasingly strident and ill-tempered.

1944: A civilian and a member of the French underground guerrilla band the Marquis exchange a greeting in the street after the Liberation of Paris.

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David Beckham will pass PSG wages to Paris children’s charity

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The injured Ryan Jones and Gethin Jenkins of Wales lift the Six Nations Championship trophy

Friday night matches return as Six Nations dates for 2014 and 2015 are announced

Wales host Italy in the opening game of the 2014 tournament

An image of Wilfred de Bruijn’s battered face has gone viral

Rise in homophobic attacks mark passage of French gay marriage law

The French Senate voted today to legalise same-sex marriage in France, putting a landmark bill on track to become law by summer.

David Beckham: Former England captain has indicated he would like to stay on at PSG

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Former England captain joined the French league leaders in January

Lagerfeld: 'I love what I do. That's the best motivation there is'

Karl Lagerfeld set to open first store in Britain

The fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, known for his eccentric style and controversial opinions, is close to agreeing a deal to open his first store in the UK.

President Hollande was given the first camel in February

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Gerard Depardieu fails to show up for Paris court appearance on drunk driving charges

Gerard Depardieu again couldn't make it to trial to face drunken driving charges, but a lawyer for the combative French actor wrested yet another court date today.

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