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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 17:20

Paris' rainbow pedestrian crossings become permanent following homophobic graffiti

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I loved what happened in Paris. The Mayor of the French capital, Anne Hidalgo, decided that rainbow pedestrian crossings would be permanent after they were vandalized.

Indeed, Paris had put in place rainbow crossings that were to be temporary, time to celebrate the Pride March, but people have smeared them with homophobic graffiti.

As a result, the Mayor of Paris announced via Twitter that rainbow crossings would be permanent. And she added that two more rainbow pedestrian crossings would be set up in the city. I love it!

"Today I am making a symbolic decision: we will make the rainbow pedestrian crossings that we installed in the Marais permanent," said Hidalgo before adding: "Paris is a city of refuge that embraces the Republican values of freedom, equality, and fraternity. In order for these values to be recorded forever, the rainbow pedestrian walkways created for Gay Pride will be permanent!"

The first rainbow pedestrian crossing is located at the junction of Rue des Archives and Rue de la Verrerie in the heart of the Marais, Paris' LGBT district.

The other two rainbow pedestrian crossings are also in the same neighborhood.

Photo: Anne Hidalgo/Twitter

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