40,000 same-sex marriages in five years

Thousands of people demonstrated for and against the legislation in the run-up to the vote in the Assembly

April 23, 2018, marks fifth anniversary of legalisation of same-sex marriages in France

More than 40,000 couples have married in France in the five years since same-sex marriages were legalised, according to official figures.

April 23, 2018, is the fifth anniversary of the date the National Assembly passed laws - following months of demonstrations for and against the laws - allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children.

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Last year, 7,000 same-sex couples tied the knot, national statistics agency Insee revealed, though civil unions known as PACs remain more popular.

Same-sex couples now account for 3% of all marriages in France. In Paris, that figure rises to 9.7% of all unions. However, the total number of marriages in the country has continued to decline.

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