Gay man reveals bloodstained 'face of French homophobia' on Facebook

Published: April 9, 2013

"Sorry to show you this. It’s the face of homophobia," wrote Wilfred de Bruijn on his Facebook page.

The accompanying photograph shows De Bruijn with two black eyes, skin covered in cuts and bruises, and a bloodstained shirt – the results of a vicious attack on him and his boyfriend on Sunday.

Gay rights organisations in France fear homosexuals are being targeted as part of a wave of violent protests against the Socialist government’s "marriage for all" bill.

In another area of Paris on Saturday evening police confirmed a similar attack on a man walking with his partner, while the same night a LGBT centre was covered in anti-gay marriage posters.

De Bruijn also described the attack on Facebook: "Last night, in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, Olivier and I were badly beaten up just for walking arm in arm. I woke up in an ambulance covered in blood, missing tooth and broken bones around the eye. I’m home now. Very sad. Olivier takes care of me. Forbidden to work for at least 10 days."

De Bruijn, a Dutchman who has lived in the French capital since 2003, said he remembered nothing, but Olivier told French journalists he and his partner had been attacked at about 3.25am.

"We were leaving a dinner washed down with plenty of wine with friends. We were walking arm in arm towards the Ourcq metro. Not in a ‘homo’ style. We’d had a lovely evening and we were talking about it. A bit loudly, perhaps, he said.

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