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What you need to know about this weekend’s Paris Gay Pride

Gay Pride is just around the corner - here's a look at the details of the parade in Paris, and a glimpse at what else will be going on for the event on Saturday June 29th.

What you need to know about this weekend's Paris Gay Pride
The march will start in Montparnasse at 2pm and end at Republique. Photo: AFP
Every June, cities across the world are decked out in rainbows for a big party with a serious message. 
 
In Paris, this year's Gay Pride march – or LGBT Pride March – will be held on Saturday (June 29th), with those taking part set to meet at Montparnasse and head in the direction of République.
 
The 5.5km march, which starts at 2pm, aims to combat homophobia and encourage those who fall under the LGBT umbrella to take pride in their sexuality. 
 
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Source: Inter-LGBT
 
If you want to take part, the route will leave Place du 18 Juin 1940 in Montparnasse and snake through Boulevard du Montparnasse, Port-Royal, Boulevard Saint-Michel/Luxembourg, Place Saint Michel, Boulevard du Palais, Place du Châtelet, Boulevard Sébastopol, Strasbourg Saint-Denis, Boulevard Saint Martin
and end at the big podium at Place de la République (see map above). 
 
Between 5pm and 10om there will be a concert in Place de la République to keep the celebrations going, with performances from a variety of acts, including France's 2019 Eurovision act Bilal Hassani, SÔNGE and Léonie Pernet.
 
More than half a million people take part in the annual event, meaning the French capital's city centre will be packed full of revellers – many of them in striking costumes.
 
On top of the parade and concert, people also flock to the city's gay district – Le Marais in the 3rd arrondissment – where LGBT bars and clubs will be packed out, as well as other LGBT hotpots in the capital.

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Striking workers block Paris airport terminal, flights delayed

Striking airport workers have blocked part Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, with some flights already delayed by at least one hour.

Striking workers block Paris airport terminal, flights delayed
Striking airport workers outside Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Paris. Photo: Geoffroy van der Hasselt | AFP

Last month, trade unions representing workers at the Aéroports de Paris (ADP) – the city’s Charles-de-Gaulle-Roissy and Orly airports – called for a strike between July 1st and July 5th in an ongoing dispute between French airport workers and bosses over contract renegotiations.

A second wave of protests are expected next week, after a strike notice was filed for July 9th.

Tensions mounted on Friday morning as some 400 protesters staged a raucous demonstration at CDG’s terminal 2E, which mostly deals with flights outside the Schengen zone, as police officers looked on.

At Orly airport, meanwhile, some 250 people demonstrated “outside”, while a small group was inside.

The dispute is over a long-term plan by ADP to bring in new work contracts for employees at the airports, which unions say will lower pay, job losses and a reduction in rights and bonuses for employees.

The strike is being jointly called by the CGT, CFE-CGE, Unsa, CFDT and FO unions, who said in a joint press release that the proposals will “definitively remove more than a month’s salary from all employees and force them to accept geographical mobility that will generate additional commuting time”.

Unions say that staff face dismissal if they do not sign the new contracts.

ADP said on Wednesday that it expected ‘slight delays for some flights but no cancellations’ to services – but it urged travellers to follow its social media operations for real-time updates.

On Thursday, the first day of action, 30 percent of flights were delayed between 15 minutes and half-an-hour.

ADP’s CEO Augustin de Romanet had said on Tuesday that ‘everything would be done to ensure no flight is cancelled’. 

ADP reported a loss of €1.17 billion in 2020. 

Stressing that discussions are continuing over the proposed new contracts, the CEO called for “an effort of solidarity, with a red line: no forced layoffs.”

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