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Women take to the streets across France to protest against gender violence

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#NousToutes demonstrations are set to take place in nearly 70 French cities on Saturday condemning gender-based and sexual violence.

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Thousands of people are expected to participate in marches across France on Saturday to say “stop” to gender-based and sexual violence and femicide and to put pressure on the government, two days before the end of a series of negotiations launched against this societal plague.

In Paris, the demonstration, organised at the call of the feminist collective #Noustoutes, will start at 2pm from the Place de lOpéra in the direction of the Place de la Nation. Leading the procession, the National Union of Femicide Families (UNFF) will march to “denounce the contempt that the State opposes to families”, according to its president Sandrine Bouchait.

In the provinces, too, many protests are planned, notably in Lille, Marseille, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Rennes or Strasbourg. But not in Lyon or Nantes, where activists – but also activists – have set up transport to join the ranks of the Parisian mobilisation.

This mobilisation takes place just before the end of the negotiations against domestic violence on Monday. These were launched in early September to try to find a solution to this horrendous problem. Prime Minister Édouard Philippe, accompanied by a dozen members of the government, is expected to announce much-awaited measures.

“We can no longer count the cases where femicide could have been avoided,” said the organisers of Saturdays processions in a Facebook post. “With this march, we will ensure that the public authorities finally take action.”

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