Was this announcement expected with the new Socialist government? Would you say it will meet some real opposition within the French society?
Rainbow Murray, Reader in Politics at Queen Mary, University of London, Visiting Research Fellow, CEVIPOF (Sciences Po, Paris)
This is not unexpected – the Socialists and Greens have long been more gay-friendly than the UMP. It will meet opposition from some quarters, but not in the way that you would see in the US. The previous left-wing government (1997-2002) introduced civil partnerships in 1999 (known as PACS) and they have long since ceased to be controversial.