President François Hollande bowed to pressure and received leaders of France's anti-gay marriage movement on 25 January.
At the end of the meeting, the protest leader, comedienne Frigide
Barjot, called it "substantial and sympathetic" and claimed the talk had
"shaken up" Mr Hollande.
After the meeting, Mr Hollande's office
reaffirmed his determination to go ahead with "a project that marks a
great advance toward equality among all citizens", while Ms Barjot
called on opponents of gay marriage - who include many Catholics and
other faith groups, to march again on 2 February in departments all
Two days later, gay marriage supporters held their final
demonstration before the bill's presentation in parliament today.
estimated 250,000 attended - half the number of the anti-gay-marriage
protest on 13 January.