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France: March for Life dominates central Paris01:12

France: March for Life dominates central Paris

France, Paris
January 25, 2015 at 18:15 GMT +00:00 · Published

Tens of thousands of pro-life activists took to the streets of Paris Sunday to participate in the annual March for Life. Activists could be seen holding placards and banners adorned with pro-life slogans such as 'Thank you for giving me life!' and 'Love is not killing.' Organisers of the event also surrounded the statue at Place Denfert-Rochereau with hundreds of black balloons which were supposed to symbolise 'lives lost at the hands of abortions.'

This year there was also a greater focus on the subject of euthanasia in reaction to the recent debate on the ending of lives of those who are terminally ill in the National assembly led by MPs Jean Leonetti (UMP) and Alain Claeys (PS). The discussions have left pro-life activists fearing that France will legalise euthanasia, following the example of the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

The event has been held each year since 2005 on the Sunday closest to the anniversary of the 1975 law that saw abortion become legal in France.

France: March for Life dominates central Paris01:12
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Tens of thousands of pro-life activists took to the streets of Paris Sunday to participate in the annual March for Life. Activists could be seen holding placards and banners adorned with pro-life slogans such as 'Thank you for giving me life!' and 'Love is not killing.' Organisers of the event also surrounded the statue at Place Denfert-Rochereau with hundreds of black balloons which were supposed to symbolise 'lives lost at the hands of abortions.'

This year there was also a greater focus on the subject of euthanasia in reaction to the recent debate on the ending of lives of those who are terminally ill in the National assembly led by MPs Jean Leonetti (UMP) and Alain Claeys (PS). The discussions have left pro-life activists fearing that France will legalise euthanasia, following the example of the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

The event has been held each year since 2005 on the Sunday closest to the anniversary of the 1975 law that saw abortion become legal in France.