|Anti gay marriage demonstrators|
Anyway, the gay marriage bill will be voted today so let's hope that things will calm down a bit after that, but the anti-gay movement is planning to form its own political party so we haven't seen the last of them unfortunately.
Centrist eurodeputy Jean-Luc Bannahmias summed up the months long 'debate' perfectly yesterday when he said he was fed up with the 'deleterious climate' that reigns in France right now as a result of this issue, and he went on to say that it has left "a worrying whiff of 'work-family-motherland" in France.
He's right, as was confirmed by an article headlined 'The atmosphere in Lyon recently has been frightening' in my local paper which mentioned that the movement's lovey-dovey 'heterosexual family' logo is now being replaced by the French national flag. It adds that gay-marriage related chants by demonstrators have been replaced by others, such as "France is for the French" and "this is our country [and nobody else's]".This is true, as I have seen and heard for myself, and it's all getting rather hateful.
And as the photo above shows, the demonstations are taking on a more nationalistic tone. Pure white French girls dressed as Marianne, who is a symbol of the triumph of the French Republic. That and the new France-for-the-French chants and the notion of 'work-family-motherland' are disturbing signs of something.
Ah yes! So THAT'S what the photo above reminded me of. How silly of me not to have realised earlier. The people in that photograph remind me of those in the photo below.
Worrying? You bet.
|Members of the League of German Girls (Bund Deutscher Mädel), the female section of the Hitler Youth|