A Gay Pride rally in France (Flickr/CC)

French Town Severs 25-Year ‘Twin’ Link with Polish Counterpart Over LGBT Position


A French town has decided to decouple itself from a quarter century-long “twinning” arrangement with a Polish neighborhood over the issue of LGBT ideology.

Saint-Jean-de-Braye, a town just outside Orleans in north-central France, announced the move after its Polish counterpart declared their town “free of LGBT ideology”.

The city council of Tuchow, Poland, announced the traditional conservative view after the leftist Mayor of Poland’s capital, Warsaw, embraced LGBT ideology publicly.

The Associated Press reports:

The mayor of the south-eastern town of Tuchow, Magdalena Marszalek, blamed the rare decision by the French community it had been twinned with, Saint-Jean-de-Braye, on campaigning ahead of local elections there.

She expressed regret that severing ties will cut friendly relations among residents, as Tuchow will no longer be able to sponsor visits by people from Saint-Jean-de-Braye.

Marszalek said many in her community do not identify with the declaration adopted last year by local councilors of Poland’s ruling conservative Law and Justice party.

The sister municipality in central France suspended ties last week and said in a statement that “France is committed to combating human rights violations based on sexual orientation … We cannot accept that the ties that unite our two cities by a twinning oath be tainted. We condemn the position taken by our twin city of Tuchow.”

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