January 13, 2013

France news synopsis

Tens of thousands of people gathered in the French capital on Sunday to voice their opposition to President Fran├žois Hollande’s controversial “marriage for all” bill, which seeks to extend equal rights to same-sex couples.

Three Kurdish female activists were found shot dead early Thursday inside a Kurdish institute in the heart of Paris. The victims included one of the founders of outlawed militant group the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK).

Air strikes in Mali entered a third day as French forces targeted the northern city of Gao, which is held by regional al Qaeda-linked militant group MUJAO. Soldiers led by the West African bloc ECOWAS are expected in Mali as early as Sunday.

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