The French National Assembly is due to vote on a bill to legalise gay marriage and allow same-sex couples to adopt children. The issue has exposed deep rifts in French society and prompted huge protests.
The French parliament has approved a bill guaranteeing homosexual couples the right to marry and adopt children. The measure was approved in the face of stiff opposition from conservative and religious groups.
A bill that would decriminalize prostitutes and fine their customers in a bid to tackle human trafficking networks has passed France's lower house of parliament by a wide margin. The bill goes next to the Senate.
France's National Assembly has voted in favor of a bill approving gay marriage, after 10 days of intense debate. The proposal, an election promise from President Francois Hollande, must also clear the Senate.
Several hundred thousand gay marriage opponents have marched through the streets of Paris. It is the biggest demonstration to date against the policy proposed by President Francois Hollande.
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