France: Man denied vote over ‘political’ sweatshirt

With the slogan of the movement against ‘gay marriage’ on it.

A man in France has been turned away from a polling station for wearing a “political” outfit, it seems.

The man, known as Bruno, was wearing a sweatshirt bearing the silhouette of a four-member family – but was told he couldn’t vote unless he got changed, the centre-right newspaper Le Figaro reports. The family image is the emblem of the Manif pour tous (Demo for all), an umbrella group opposed to France’s same-sex marriage law.

He “is banning me from voting because I have this T-shirt”, Bruno complains in an exchange with an election official that was captured on film. The official retorts: “I have not banned you from voting, I have asked you not to express any political opinion in the polling station.”

And if it isn’t practical for him to go home and get changed, that’s effectively banning him from voting.

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