Riot police fought running battles with hard-right protesters in the heart of Paris at the end of a mostly peaceful demonstration against gay marriage.
About 200 young people, many of them masked, pelted police lines with bottles, stones, fireworks and flares. The crowd â€“ led bizarrely at one stage by a lone bagpiper â€“ chased and beat up TV crews and press photographers. Police and gendarmes responded with tear gas and baton charges.
There were surreal battle scenes on the Esplanade des Invalides beside the foreign ministry as 200 gendarmes in riot gear formed into defensive squares to beat off attacks from running bands of protesters. Although a hard core of about 200 hard-right youths started the fighting, many hundreds of other, soberly dressed, middle-class protesters cheered them on....
I guess sometimes it does pay to use the the SA app and a tablet to leave a message. Since it is even a nuisance to type on tablet messages end up being small, they leave a lot of room for interpretation. CV, I wouldn't have interpreted my remark like you have -- but I like it!
France stabbed itself in the heart when it killed or chased out the Huguenots, q.v., The Bartholomew Massacre at Paris, etc.. If there is any heartbeat in France at all, it is because of the The French Reconnection with Christianity. The following is the description of the Mafia, but it is a perfect one for Magisterium of the Romish Church as well:
Cesare Terranova, Italian Magistrate murdered in 1979 wrote: The Mafia is oppression, arrogance, greed, self-enrichment, power and hegemony above and against all others. It is not an abstract concept, or a state of mind, or a literary term... It is a criminal organization regulated by unwritten but iron and inexorable rules... The myth of a courageous and generous 'man of honor' must be destroyed, because a mafioso is just the opposite.
"Large park grounds around Les Invalides monument were full of protesters waving pink and blue flags, while far-right activists hung a banner on the ruling Socialist Party headquarters urging President Francois Hollande to quit.Â
"The protests, which began as a grass roots campaign strongly backed by the Roman Catholic Church, have morphed into a wider movement with opposition politicians and far-right militants airing their discontent with Hollande."