A right wing demonstration of around half a million people marched in Paris on Sunday of last week against gay marriage.
Equal marriage was a central pledge of Socialist Party president Francois Hollande in his election campaign last year. But it has come under sustained attack from the right.
Hollande’s government has already dropped other election policies, such as giving foreign citizens the right to vote.
Key ministers have pitched to the right as the government fails to deliver to stop job cuts or tax the rich.
Opposing equal marriage has been a rallying point for France’s divided right wing.
The Tory UMP party of Nicolas Sarkozy and right wing Catholic organisations supported the march.
So did the fascist Front National (FN) and other far right groups—including one that occupied a mosque building site in November.
UMP leader Jean-Francois Copé had no problem marching on the same demonstration as outright Nazis.
This follows six million votes for the FN at last year’s elections, and an unopposed march in Paris against “Islamofascism” in November.
A demonstration in support of equal marriage is planned for Sunday of next week. Even in France, 56 percent of people support equal marriage. But the left needs to mobilise to stem the tide of reaction.