Hollande Calls for Focus on Economy After Gay Marriage Passes

President Francois Hollande asked for calm after France’s parliament approved gay marriage, and said the focus must turn to repairing the economy.

“We must now seek serenity, understanding and respect,” Hollande said after the government’s weekly Cabinet meeting in Paris today. “We must now concentrate on the essential, which is economic revival of the country and social cohesion.”

After daily protests across France -- some of which turned violent -- lawmakers yesterday approved gay marriage and adoption by 331 votes to 225. The French Senate approved the bill on April 12.

While public opinion favors gay marriage, the French by a small majority oppose same-sex adoption, polls show. Opposition members of parliament have asked France’s Constitutional Court to review the law.

France is suffering from its most severe economic contraction since 2009, forcing Hollande to abandon his 2013 deficit target. Joblessness has surged to a 15-year high as PSA Peugeot-Citroen SA and other manufacturers eliminate tens of thousands of jobs.

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