Tensions flare in Paris

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Paris to voice their anger at a law legalising gay marriage.

French protesters marched on the streets of Paris against a law which allows same sex marriages. Picture: Lebogang Moeketsi/EWN

PARIS - Security remained tight on Monday in France in the wake of two major incidents at the weekend.

On Saturday a-23-year-old uniformed French soldier was stabbed in the throat outside Paris, in what was described as a terrorist act.

On Sunday more than 100 people were arrested during clashes with police as thousands of protesters took to the streets to voice their discontent with a new law legalising same sex marriages.

As more than 200,000 people descended on central Paris to protest against the new law, police were also on the lookout for those with a potentially sinister motive.

Anti-terrorism police were investigating if the attack could be linked to the murder of a British soldier who was hacked to death last week in London.

Meanwhile, as the largely peaceful anti-gay marriage march wrapped up in the French capital, protesters said they hoped President Francois Hollande could still veto the new law.