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Paris 'rainbow crossings' hit by homophobic graffiti... again

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Paris 'rainbow crossings' hit by homophobic graffiti... again
Photo: AnneHidalgo/Twitter
13:34 CEST+02:00
Rainbow pedestrian crossings painted on roads in the Marais district of Paris for Saturday's Gay Pride march have been vandalised with homophobic slogans for the second time this week.

"LGBT dictatorship" and "Hidalgo out!" were scrawled overnight on the road at the crossings in the lively district that is full of bars and restaurants and has long been popular with the city's gay community and visitors.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo on Friday morning declared that she would again be asking police to investigate the vandalism, which she said "will not remain unpunished," and ordered municipal workers to remove the offensive slogans.

Similar insults had been painted on the crossings earlier this week, which prompted Hidalgo to declare that the multi-coloured road markings would become a permanent feature in the Marais.

The mayor said it would send a "positive signal "and would be a " welcome message" for visitors to the neighbourhood.

She tweeted out the message: "Paris is a city of refuge that embraces the Republican values of freedom, equality and fraternity. In order for these values to be recorded forever, the rainbow pedestrian walkways created for Gay Pride will be permanent!"

Hidalgo also announced that two more pedestrian crossings would be adorned with the rainbow colours.

Revellers at last year's Gay Pride march in Paris. Photo: AFP

The Gay Pride march will begin at Place de la Concorde at 2pm on Saturday before heading along Rue de Rivoli ,past the Louvre, and then on to Place de la République where the party will continue into the evening.

 

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