On 15 December 2014, Sébastian Chenu – a French gay rights activist – took to a press conference podium in Paris. Standing shoulder to shoulder with far right Front National leader Marine Le Pen, he announced to the assembled press pack his plans for the year to come. “I am joining Marine Le Pen because of her consistent views on Europe and social issues,” he giddily told the crowd of reporters. He claimed to be alarmed at how quickly the then President – Nicholas Sarkozy – had become out of touch with the LGBT issues of the day.
April 24 / Independent