France's upper house of parliament
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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.