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Police tear-gas anti-gay marriage protesters in Paris

Police in Paris used tear gas to disperse hundreds of thousands of protesters demonstrating against gay marriage on the Champs-Elysees.

Police in Paris used tear gas to disperse hundreds of thousands of protesters demonstrating against gay marriage on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday.

Riot police spray teargas on demonstrators during clashes on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris Photo: THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images

Interior Minister Manuel Valls said there were “dozens of arrests”, without giving further details.  Authorities had earlier banned the protestors from marching on the Champs-Elysees. They followed a nearby route and organisers claimed their numbers swelled to 1.4 million, while police gave an initial estimate of 300,000.

 

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