MORE than a hundred thousand people took to the streets of Paris on Sunday to call for the legalisation of gay marriage and adoption.
The march came just two days before a parliamentary debate on the subject, which has also seen large protests against the proposals take place across France.
Police estimated that around 125,000 people had turned out for Sunday's rally, while organisers put the figure at 400,000.
The ruling Socialist party placed the equality bill at the heart of their election campaign last year and are confident it will progress through the legislative process and become law.
However, some opposition MPs have objected to the proposals, while leading figures within the Catholic church in France have also voiced their concerns often in front of their congregations.
And despite this strong opposition, the French public have repeatedly shown via opinion polls that they support the right of homosexual couples to wed.