Tens of thousands rally for gay rights in Paris

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Tens of thousands of people marched and danced through the streets of the French capital Saturday to support gay pride and call for further gay rights.

To the thumping beat of techno music, the 80-float parade wound through the city decrying the message: "Enough violence and discrimination! Liberty and equality everywhere and forever!"

Organisers also called for France to recognise gay marriages and the right for gay couples to adopt.

"Polls show 65 percent of French people are in favor of gay marriage and 57 percent in favor of adoption, all left-wing parties support marriage and adoption, but some on the right block any further advancement of rights," said Vincent Loiseau, a spokesman for the Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Transsexual Inter-Association.

A member of President Nicolas Sarkozy's ruling conservative UMP party was blocked from marching with other lawmakers.

© 2010 AFP

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