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.

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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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