W hen Didier Eribon escaped the homophobia and casual racism of an impoverished life on a housing estate in northern France and arrived in Paris in , he came out of one closet and went into another. It was much easier to tell his clever, cosmopolitan new friends that he was gay than to admit to being working-class. So he lied. Until recently, he was best known in France for his biography of the philosopher and social theorist Michel Foucault, and for his writing on gay male identity. Returning to Reims , part-memoir, part-social and political theory, caused a stir in France , and has sold around 90, copies, but it approached cult status in Germany where it touched a nerve with its central premise that the mainstream left is to blame for pushing the working classes towards the far right and nationalism.
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The marriage temporarily extended the Capetian lands to the Pyrenees , but was annulled in after no male heir was produced. Immediately after the annulment of her marriage, Eleanor married Henry Plantagenet , Duke of Normandy and Count of Anjou , to whom she conveyed Aquitaine and produced five male heirs. When Henry became King of England in , as Henry II, he ruled as king, duke or count over a large empire of kingdoms, duchies and counties that spanned from Scotland to the Pyrenees. Henry's efforts to preserve and expand on this patrimony for the Crown of England would mark the beginning of the long rivalry between France and England. Louis and his famous counselor, Abbot Suger , pushed for a greater centralization of the state and favoured the development of French Gothic architecture , notably the construction of Notre-Dame de Paris.
Didier Eribon, writer: ‘What was difficult was not being gay but being working-class’
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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender LGBT rights in France have been among some of the most advanced in the world. However, a lesser-known indecent exposure law that often targeted LGBT people was introduced in before being repealed twenty years later. After granting same-sex couples domestic partnership benefits known as the civil solidarity pact , France became the thirteenth country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage in Laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity were enacted in and , respectively.