On Wednesday Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau will become the first "gay grooms to tie the knot" since parliament voted in favour, the Constitutional Council gave its approval and the French president François Hollande signed same-sex marriage into law.
|Vincent Autin (right) and Bruno Boileau (screenshot AFPTV report)|
Add to that the fact that on the same day as the march, Franco-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche picked up top honours at the Cannes film festival for his "story of a young woman's awakening" in the film "La vie d'Adèle" ("Blue is the warmest colour") and you'll surely understand (?) how it has all become just a little too much for the country's most gay-friendly politician to handle.
We're talking about Christine Boutin of course, the former housing minister and leader of the centre-right Parti chrétien-démocrate (Christian democratic party, PCD) who defends family values and is most definitely not a homophobe.
That must be true because she has repeatedly said so.
|Christine Boutin "I'm not a homophobe" (screenshot from TV5Monde, RFI, Le Monde interview)|
But somehow it's increasingly hard to believe, especially in light of her outburst on French radio on Monday.
Following on from her recent tasteless tweet about US actress Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy to reduce her chances of getting breast cancer, and perhaps still feeling the after-effects (well there has to be some sort of explanation) of being sprayed with tear gas during a Manif pour tous demonstration in Paris back in March, Boutin revealed that contrary to what she might insist, her views surely more than smack of homophobia.
Invited into the studios of RMC radio and asked to give her reaction to Kechiche's win, Boutin's gay tolerance fuse blew.
"You can't watch a movie on television or a series without there being gays included and expressing themselves," she said.
"And now it's the Palme d'Or.... We're being invaded. We can no longer have a story without a gay theme occurring. It's too much," she continued.
"Today it seems to be a fashion to be gay. We're being invaded by gays."