PROTEST: Women belonging to the Ukrainian-based feminist group Femen disrupted a Sunday march protesting a bill that will allow same-sex couples to marry and adopt.

Tens of thousands of people have marched in Paris calling for the repeal of a law allowing gay marriage, six months before France’s next presidential election.

Police estimated the crowd at 24,000, while organizers gave a figure of 200,000.

The protesters, also protesting Sunday against the use of assisted reproduction techniques and surrogate mothers to help same-sex couples have babies, ended up at Trocadero Plaza, near the Eiffel Tower.

Assisted reproduction is allowed in France only for infertile heterosexual couples and surrogacy is banned.

The group organizing the march presents itself as promoting the traditional family model of ‘one mother and one father’ and hopes to influence the debate before the presidential election next year.

None of the major candidates in the election attended the march.

A small group of bare-breasted Femen demonstrators briefly showed up Sunday during the march to protest against what they call ‘homophobia’” The half-dozen Femen protesters were removed by police.

The 2013 law allowing gay marriage exposed deep divisions in French society, prompting big protests for and against such unions.

In Uganda the anti-gay law was signed around the same time, leading to countrywide celebrations in appreciation of the law banning homosexuality. However, the law was later repealed by the Court of Appeal.