French senate votes to legalise gay marriage
13 April 2013 Last updated at 04:29 BST
France's upper house of parliament has voted to legalise gay marriage.
The bill - which was approved with only minor amendments - is now certain to become law after a final vote in the lower house, expected in May.
There have been several demonstrations in Paris both for and against the bill.
Hugh Schofield reports from Paris.