About 100 anti-gay marriage protesters, bused into Paris from all over France and even adjoining countries, were arrested last weekend when some of them rushed cops preventing them from spilling onto the Champs Elysee, on which city officials had prohibited them from marching. Some used toddlers as shields.
One, according to John Aravosis, hurled what appeared to be a pick axe at gendarmes. Supporters, including the National Organization for Marriage in the United States, estimated the crowd at 1.4 million. Authorities said it was a fifth of that.