About 30,000 people gathered on Saturday for the annual pride march in Paris, police said, which began for the first time in one of the capital’s popular suburbs.
Carrying rainbow flags and a series of placards, the march headed from Pantin, on the outskirts of the city, to Place de la République in the center, where many political gatherings meet.
The march was deliberately triggered outside the capital’s fashionable center to make it more inclusive, said Matthieu Gatipon-Bachette, spokesperson for Inter-LGBT.
The Parisian gay community knows very little about this suburb, explains Romain, 34, a regular at Pride.
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“Bringing pride here is showing that it belongs to everyone,” he added, walking hand in hand with his partner.
This weekend’s pride marches in cities around the world follow a row in Europe over different countries’ approach to LGBTQ rights.
Leaders from more than half of EU member states on Thursday declared their support for defending LGBTQ rights after a controversial law was passed in Hungary.
A letter signed by the heads of state ahead of a European summit deplored the “threats against fundamental rights, and in particular the principle of non-discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation”.
Although they did not directly mention Hungary, this was a hidden reference to the law, which bans LGBTQ educational content for children and is expected to come into force in Hungary soon.