Council of Europe sends investigators to report on French police violence against marriage supporters

The Council of Europe is sending a team of investigators to France to report on police violence against supporters of marriage. The Council of Europe also passed a resolution reaffirming the freedom of assembly and speech, citing the violence against marriage supporters in France “including the use of tear gas on peaceful demonstrators.” The resolution also notes that pro-marriage demonstrations in Paris have involved over 2 million people. The investigation could lead to the Council of Europe imposing sanctions against France.

C-Fam reports:

The Monitoring Committee holds Council of Europe members accountable, especially regarding human rights. It has received only 7 petitions since it was established in 1997. The process could lead to sanctions against France.

The resolution that passed on June 27 notes that pro-marriage demonstrations in Paris have involved over 2 million people.

Videos of police beating marriage supporters have circulated on the Internet. Critics accuse France of arbitrarily arresting people – even passers-by – to quash free speech.

One documentary shows police in a huddle saying, “He’s calm and quiet. Attack him from the rear. The dude won’t see it coming.” Five officers then rush and tackle a young man.

Another shows Christine Boutin, a former Cabinet minister under former French president Nicholas Sarkozy and current president of the Christian Democratic Party, knocked to the ground with tear gas.

Nicolas-Bernard Busse, a 23-year old student sentenced to four months in jail, is being held in solitary confinement while awaiting his appeal.

President Francois Hollande introduced the homosexual marriage bill in October. Hundreds of demonstrations have taken place since November, with three massive rallies in Paris. Impromptu demonstrations greet Hollande and his officials as they travel.

Small vigils have also been met with disproportion responses, according to a report by the European Center for Law and Justice (ECLJ).

When France’s minister of state visited a local college, fifteen demonstrators, mainly women and children, were confronted by a large number of police. Officers knocked a woman to the ground and beat her. A young girl who is disabled was also attacked, leaving her unable to work for ten days.

About 30 people were injured in another demonstration. One vivid testimony stated:

“A young black man is chased by police. In his course, he is completely alone, and therefore does not present a single risk, given the large number of police present. He is caught quickly. He is thrown to the ground with extreme brutality and is savagely beaten. His head seems crushed by the legs and knees of the police who surround him. He bleeds. He find the force to continue to scream, with a voice more and more weak and broken: ‘Hollande . . . Your law . . . we do not want it.’ Just until his voice stops, apparently because of the boot of a policeman who crushed his mouth. He is finally dragged to a car in which he is thrown like a common package.”

Luca Volonte, a former member of the Council of Europe, and ECLJ, who compiled testimonies from 100 victims, presented evidence to the Council. Two-dozen deputies of different parties and nationalities introduced the resolution.

Families, elderly, and single people populate the overall cheerful protests. Prominent leaders include homosexuals who emphasize that children need a mother and father.

 Protect the Pope comment: Le Figaro has estimated that since François Hollande’s government legalised pseudo-marriage for homosexuals the French police have brutalised and arrested over 1000 pro-family demonstrators, with 500 detentions.  Gregor Puppinck, a Human Rights lawyer for the European Center for Law and justice (ECLJ), has filed complaints against France in the UN Human Rights Council for brutalizing peaceful demonstrators. Videos show French police beating marriage demonstrators, using tear gas and clubs against women, men, elderly and children.


14 comments to Council of Europe sends investigators to report on French police violence against marriage supporters

  • Wake up England

    There is NO PLACE for Jesus Christ and his church in the New France.

    (They tried that at the end of the 18th Century too, but it didn’t work.

    Rough tomes ahead everyone, so stick-up fearlessly for God and his Holy Church.

    • Michael Petek

      I don’t see any moral objection to attacking and fighting the French police if they insist on breaking the law.

      After all. Jesus was acquitted of sedition before Pontius Pilate. It’s the commission of sedition He forbids, not its suppression.

      Since the Grand Orient is a seditious organisation per se on account of its secrecy, the fact that the French police have the Freemasons’ hands up their backs would seem to make this a good point.

      • Wake up England

        Michael Petek:

        the “Grand Orient” is a term not understood by most of us:

        Please explain it in terms of the Man in the Pew.

        • Michael Petek

          The Grand Orient is a form of Freemasonry which, unlike the Grand Lodge which is the one we are familiar with in the UK, does not require belief in a Supreme Being.

          It is organised predominantly in Catholic countries, such as France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium and Italy.

          Bunch of blackguards, the lot of ‘em!

    • tro

      We are in a new era of darkness. Now, our human rights are whatever the likes of Obama, Cameron, Hollande and Kenny say they are – all based on their personal opinions.

  • ms Catholic state

    Good. But let’s hope this isn’t just for show. The French Police and their leaders need to be held to account. And as Catholics, while accepting all offers of help….we must remember we cannot rely on secular agencies. They have their own agenda. Hollande needs to be brought to book for this. This is not democracy….even Egyptians have a greater democratic sense than our ever authoritarian and vicious Western powers. In Egypt, the army responded to the people’s demands. Not so here. The police here are cowardly dogsbodys to an autocratic leader who cares nothing for his own people.

  • Political Prisoner Nicolas Bernard-Buss was freed from jail this Wednesday gone, 9th July, but still has to pay a €3,000 fine. He has missed his exams, of course and lost a year study. Luca Volonte has proposed to pay the fine.

  • Michael Petek

    One day some Frenchmen came to Jesus with a question. “Is it lawful to pay taxes to President Hollande or not?” they asked.

    Jesus replied, “Someone asked me this question a long, long time ago about Tiberius Caesar. Come here and show me the note for paying the tax.”

    Someone gave Jesus a 10 Euro note. “Was this issued out of the French Public Treasury?” He asked.

    “No.” they replied. “It’s been issued by a committee of bankers in Frankfurt.”

    “Well, then!” said Jesus. “You can tell that Freemason he can whistle for his taxes. Then you can go and give to God what belongs to God.”

  • ms Catholic state

    The French police should be protecting the French People….not Hollande! Isn’t that what they are there for!

  • Deacon Nick,

    Have you seen the latest nonsense from Tina Beattie in the Tablet?

    • Michael B Rooke


      In the article Tina Beattie writes
      “Only in one short section which comes about half way through its 88 pages does it acknowledge the possibility that faith might be found outside the doctrines, magisterial authority and sacramental unity of the Catholic Church”

      The Encyclical states on page 46

      ” Religious man strives to see signs of God in the daily experiences of life, in the cycle of the seasons, in the fruitfulness of the earth and in the movement of the cosmos. God is light and he can be found also by those who seek him with a sincere heart. An image of this seeking can be seen in the Magi, who were led to Bethlehem by the star (cf. Mt 2:1-12). For them God’s light appeared as a journey to be undertaken, a star which led them on a path of discovery. The star is a sign of God’s patience with our eyes which need to grow accustomed to his brightness”

      The point is all Faith comes from God . The reference to the Magi may be expanded in other writings of Pope Benedict XVI :

      ” Balaam was a pagan seer, who was summoned to curse the People of Israel, whom he instead blessed because, as God had revealed to him “they are blessed” (Nm 22: 12).

      The revelation occurred when he was on his way to meet the King of Moab who had requested the curse. On the way his donkey was alarmed swerving from its path crushing Balaam’s leg against a wall and sank under him. Balaam cruelly beat it and then the ass was endowed by God with the power of speech and it upbraided its master. Balaam’s eyes were then opened and he saw the cause of the ass’s strange conduct, that of an angel of the Lord standing in the way with drawn sword to bar his passage. The angel upbraided Balaam on his cruel conduct towards the ass and told him that it was the action of the ass which had saved his (immortal) life.

      Balaam subsequently prophesied that
      “A star shall come forth out of Jacob, and a sceptre shall rise out of Israel” (Nm 24: 17)

      Cromatius of Aquileia establishes a connection between Balaam and the Magi: “He prophesied that Christ would come; they saw him with the eyes of faith”. And he adds an important observation: “The star was seen by everyone but not everyone understood its meaning. Likewise, our Lord and Saviour was born for everyone, but not everyone has welcomed him” (Mt 2: 3) . Here, the meaning of the symbol of light applied to Christ’s birth appears: it expresses God’s special blessing on Abraham’s descendents, destined to be extended to all the peoples of the earth.”

      In the Catacombs of Priscilla there is a “large niche of Our Lady with the Baby and the prophet Balaam (according to the prevailing identification) pointing to a star, represents the most ancient image of the Mother of God in the West (230-240 AD)


      See also

      • Michael B Rooke

        reference on Balaam quote “the revelation occurred .. is cf

        Quote from the Holy Father starts again at

        ” A star shall come forth out of Jacob, and a sceptre shall rise out of Israel” (Nm 24: 17), announced Balaam, the pagan seer, when he was summoned to curse the People of Israel, whom he instead blessed because, as God had revealed to him, “they are blessed” (Nm 22: 12).

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