The day after major demonstrations in Paris and Lyon, by the Manif Pour Tous movement Interior minister Manuel Valls appeared keen to reassure protestors.
France has suspended adoptions of children from the Central African Republic, saying the ongoing violence and instability could jeopardise the children’s welfare.
Sperm donations in France have decreased significantly in recent years and new figures from the National Agency for Biomedicine are likely to show a further drop.
France’s public debate on medically assisted procreation is now been pushed to early 2014.
Russian MPs have passed tough restrictions on foreign adoptions in countries where same-sex marriages are legal – a move announced as France discussed its controversial gay marriage law.
France’s Constitutional Council has cleared a bill allowing same-sex marriage and adoption rights, rejecting a challenge to the law.