Gunpowder Mailed to French Parliament President, Gay Couple Beaten In Nice

Jim Burroway

April 22nd, 2013

National Assembly president Claude Bartolone

This morning, France’s National Assembly, its lower house, resumes debate over a marriage and adoption equality bill, with a final vote expected to take place tomorrow. Also this morning, National Assembly president, Claude Bartolone received a threatening letter containing gunpowder and a threat of “war” if the house passes the bill:

The one-page letter, signed by “an intermediary of law enforcement,” warns Bartolone that “our methods are more radical and more swift than protests”, according to French magazine L’Express.

The document concludes with the statement “You wanted war, and you’ve got it.”

…”Allowing marriage for all would be the same as destroying all marriage,” the letter says, before making the chilling threat: “If you were to carry on regardless, your political family will have to suffer physically.”

Last week, Socialist deputies Sylviane Bulteau and Hugues Fourage were sent letters from anti-gay marriage extremists, threatening to kidnap and kill them or their loved ones, if the gay marriage bill is not withdrawn.

The letter appears to come from the same source as one sent last March to a judge investigating former President Nicolas Sarkozy. That investigation will now broaden to include this latest letter.

There are continuing reports of anti-gay violence breaking out in France. Last weekend, Raphaël Leclerc and his boyfriend were punched and kicked by three men as they left a night club in Nice early Saturday morning:

Raphaël Leclerc, via Facebook

“I left the nightclub with my boyfriend at around 5.35am on Saturday. We were not kissing and we were not holding hands,” explained the 24-year-old cabaret dancer. “A couple of minutes later there were three , who were shouting “hey gays” at us, and then they ran at us.”

The victim was then asked by his aggressors if he was French or Chechen. He replied French before being set upon. He was punched and kicked until he lost consciousness.

 

JCF

April 23rd, 2013

Yikes, what would they have done if he was Chechen???

The violence (and further threats thereof) only shows that the bigots know they are losing. Not just in the Parliament, but among the People…and via History. They’re *done*.

Gregory

April 23rd, 2013

And the silence from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is deafening in response to these violent actions.

Brian Brown (just back from a “triumphant” visit to France to foment anti-gay sentiment), Maggie Gallagher and all your fellow marriage discrimination supporters: Let’s hear it from you:

Do you CONDONE or CONDEMN the violence in which your side is engaging in France? Which is it? CONDONE or CONDEMN?

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