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French demonstrate in solidarity with Spanish abortion rights

The Freedom Train organised by Spanish pro-abortion activists to take demonstrators to Madrid
The Freedom Train organised by Spanish pro-abortion activists to take demonstrators to Madrid AFP/Cesar Manso

French women's rights groups took to the streets on Saturday in solidarity with demonstrators in Madrid opposing the Spanish goverment's proposed restriction of the right to abortion. They claim there is a "European offensive by opponents of women's rights".

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A march in Paris was to end at the Spanish embassy, while demonstrations were planned in Bordeaux, Marseille, Nantes, Strasbourg and Toulouse.

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Over 1,000 people joined a demonstration in Brussels on Wednesday.

The French demonstrations were called by pro-family planning campaigns and supported by left-wing parties, campaign groups and some trade unions.

"The attack by the Spanish government is part of European offensive by opponents of women's rights," a statement said.

The right-wing government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy plans to scrap the right to abortion except in cases of a proven threat to the life or the mental or physical health of the woman or after a rape which has been reported to the police.

Opponents of abortion demonstrated in Paris on 19 January against a change to French law that eased access to abortion.

The amendment was passed on 28 January.

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