On May 18th the French parliament signed the controversial Mariage Pour Tous proposal into law, making France the 14th country to legalize same-sex marriage. It had been a long and fierce battle that opposed those in favor, who considered this a human rights issue above all, and those against, who represented the more conservative factions including many Catholics. Soon after the new law was signed, 78-year-old right-wing historian Dominique Venner shot and killed himself in front of the altar in Notre Dame cathedral, causing the evacuation of 1500 people. Earlier that day Venner had written on his blog that he despaired of the failure of peaceful mass protests against same-sex marriage and spoke of the need for "new spectacular and symbolic gestures to wake up the sleepwalkers and shake the anaesthetized consciousness".
Clearly, the murder of Méric has polarized the political debate, leaving an uneasy tension in its wake.
The French lingerie brand Aubade, known for its sexy advertisements, is focusing on men these days. Taking a clue from the popular TV series Mad Men, they have launched an ad campaign for a line of men's underwear in the form of snug little shorts. Wear these and women won't be able to keep their hands off you, they claim.
Anyone out there wanna give it a try?