Male pupils in Nantes ignored the controversy that their stunt had provoked among conservatives and donned skirts for their day of action to promote equality on Friday.
The event, backed by education chiefs, prompted protests from anti-gay marriage group Manif pour Tous on Thursday and more protests are planned on Friday.
However the furore and the nationwide headlines it has provoked did not put of dozens of boys from attending city's Clemenceau high-school in skirts. As seen in these images below.
(Schoolboys cross the road in skirts outside the Lycée Clemenceau. Photo: AFP)
Se mettre en jupe pour dénoncer le sexisme: des lycéens nantais ont osé ce matin au Lycée Clémenceau pic.twitter.com/6wpY7chCSE— Alexandra Turcat (@alexandraturcat) May 16, 2014
Lycée Clemenceau Nantes:plusieurs garçons en jupe pour montrer leur soutien à la lutte contre le sexisme . pic.twitter.com/WFqPrf4QcH— Metronews Nantes (@MetroNantes) May 16, 2014
And here is a short video from AFP with interviews of the young men who donned skirts. The interviews are in French without subtitles.
There were tense scenes outside a school in the centre of Nantes, western France, on Thursday, when around 200 supporters of the right-wing group Manif Pour Tous turned up to protest against the stunt.
The protest was organized soon after it emerged that education authorities in Nantes has invited boys to wear skirts to classes in 27 high schools as part of an anti-sexism day designed to promote equality in schools.
The thought of schoolboys wearing skirts has not been welcomed by the Manif pour Tous group, which led the protests against gay marriage back in 2013.
Protesters believe the initiative is concealing the fact that gender theory – the belief that children’s gender is not fixed at birth – is going to be taught in French schools.