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Thousands demonstrate in French cities at what they called an “offensive” against trans rights

Graham Robson May 7, 2024

Thousands of demonstrators protested in French cities on Sunday, May 5 at what they called an “offensive” against transgender rights after lawmakers drafted a proposed bill of law that is scheduled to be debated on May 28.

Activists, left-wing members of parliament, trade unionists and young people rallied, chanting and brandishing placards calling for “health resources for transitions”.

“Anti-patriarchy, anti-capitalism, solidarity with trans people all over the world,” chanted protesters in Paris.

More than 800 groups and personalities launched the call for demonstrations, including the left-wing party France Unbowed and the Socialists.

Some 10,880 people demonstrated across France, including 2,500 in Paris, according to the Interior Ministry.

In Paris, protesters gathered at Place de la République in the early afternoon.

The call to demonstrate was launched last week in an article published on the website of the weekly Politis.

Among the signatories are notably the writers Annie Ernaux and Vanessa Springora, the singer Bilal Hassani, the NGOs Act Up Paris, Strass, Family Planning and the left-wing elected officials Mélanie Vogel and Clémentine Autain.

Demonstrators also rallied in Lyon, Marseille and Montpellier over the weekend in France, as well as in Brussels and Liege in Belgium, according to organisers.