“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.
Cette nuit encore, des passages piétons arc-en-ciel situés dans le Marais ont été vandalisés. Cette homophobie ne restera pas impunie. Le Procureur de la République sera saisi. Les agents municipaux procéderont ce matin au nettoyage. #LoveWins #ParisEstFière #MarchedesFiertes pic.twitter.com/0jy5M12u2r
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) June 29, 2018
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!”
#Paris est une ville refuge qui fait sienne les valeurs républicaines de liberté, d’égalité et de fraternité. Pour qu’elles s’inscrivent à jamais en ses murs, les passages piétons arc-en-ciel créés pour la #MarcheFesFiertés seront permanents ! #ParisEstFière #LGBT ?️?♥️ pic.twitter.com/do6lJoTZWm
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) June 27, 2018
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