Thousands of people have marched through the streets of French cities in support of legislation designed to protect women against violence.

Up to 8,000 demonstrators turned out in Paris and about 1,000 in the southern port of Marseilles. The demonstrators in Marseilles focused on the death of a 23-year-old Tunisian woman, Ghofrane Haddaoui, stoned to death in the city last month.

The Reuters news agency say authorities have arrested a 17-year-old boy in connection with the crime. They are investigating a 16-year-old as an accomplice and another 17-year-old for failing to report the crime.

The French news agency also reported marches in Toulouse and Rennes.

Officials estimate that six women die in France as the result of domestic violence each month.

Some information provided by Reuters and AFP.