Frigide Barjot at Elysée
The organizers of the Manif pour Tous and their leader, Frigide Barjot, née Virginie Merle, met for thirty minutes with François Hollande on Friday at Elysée Palace. Videos of her remarks to the press can be viewed at Nouvelles de France. The following are excerpts of her comments:
"We shook him up, I am convinced of that. I really saw attentiveness in his eyes. We spoke to him of the higher interests of the child, of his role as guarantor of the institution of marriage, we said that marriage is the union of a man and a woman in order to have children, that it creates a biological filiation which is a certain filiation. He understood all that perfectly. So we are waiting for him to make a sign to us. As we left, he said: 'We'll meet again very soon!'"
A little later, on the set of BFM TV, Frigide Barjot explained that she asked François Hollande to put off the parliamentary debate on adoption until the spring and to combine it with the debate on family law (medically assisted procreation, etc…). She also indicated her intention to call on the Economic, Social and Environmental Council to delay the debate.
Note: According to the article, 500,000 signatures are needed in order to bring an issue before the Council.
Reminders: There will be a pro-gay marriage demonstration on Sunday January 27. There will be another Manif pour Tous on Saturday February 2. This time, it will be a nationwide demonstration with rallies in every department of France.
Above, a screen capture from a BFM TV video. Below, Frigide Barjot on January 13.