Gay Pride march sparks French far-right row

A Gay Pride march in Paris Saturday has caused a row in France's far-right National Front (FN), with some student supporters backing an event decried by a party vice-chairman.

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“More than ever necessary after the homophobic attack in Orlando, we wish a good (Gay Pride) to all,” tweeted the association of FN students at the Paris Institute of Political Studies.

The tweet, just as the march started in the capital, was met with consternation however from other FN supporters — not least vice-president Louis Aliot, who took to Twitter to give an entirely different line.

“The FN does not support the Gay Pride March, an exhibitionist and anti-FN symbol of militant communitarianism,” Aliot said in a message retweeted by FN lawmaker Marion Marechal-Le Pen, niece of party FN president Marine Le Pen.

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