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University leaders in France condemn gay marriage protests

France's Conference of University Presidents has condemned the actions of protestors who prevented two debates on gay marriage from taking place at universities.

Erwann Binet, the National Assembly rapporteur on the proposed gay marriage law, was due to speak at Versailles Sanit-Quentin-en-Yvelines University on 26 March and at Jean Monnet University in Saint-Etienne on 5 April. However, both events had to be cancelled when protestors disrupted proceedings.

The CPU has issued a statement saying that university campuses are places for debate and free expression. It argues that by preventing a debate—in which they could have taken part—from going ahead, the protestors have “sullied” the very principles on which universities are founded.

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