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1.4 million French march against gay 'marriage'; police tear gas crowd, children

According to organizers, nearly one and a half million people joined the third demonstration in five months against the legalization of same-sex "marriage" by the French government in Paris, on Sunday.

Meanwhile, large numbers of demonstrators who were unable to join the main venue - which had filled up by 3 p.m. - or who headed straight to the largest and most prestigious Parisian thoroughfare, the Champs-Elysees, were sprayed with tear-gas and beaten as they neared the presidential palace. Victims included children as young as 6 years old, elderly gentlemen, women of all ages, middle-aged priests and monks, and even a baby aged 10 months.

One boy, aged 14, named Lancelot, needed respiratory assistance for half an hour; another youth, Leonard, 17, was gassed and subsequently seized by riot police who threw him down the stairs at the entrance of a nearby subway station. Christine Boutin, leader of the mainstream Parti chretien democrate (Christian democratic Party), was also among the victims: she passed out after having been sprayed with tear-gas and lay unconscious on the street for several minutes.

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