The French Roman Catholic Church has voiced its opposition to government plans to legalise same-sex marriage.
The country’s left-wing government is to present its draft bill on the subject on Wednesday.
Church leaders are concerned about the provision to allow gay couples to adopt children.
Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois of Paris spoke at the annual plenary meeting of Catholic bishops at Lourdes:
“Changes of this magnitude require a broad national debate that does not involve random sampling or pressure from some ostentatious lobby.”
The Cardinal called on the faithful to write and speak to their elected representatives and use every other form of democratic expression to make the case against gay marriage.
The church now intends to crank up its campaign against any changes to matrimonial law in France.