France finally sets age of sexual consent after government voted AGAINST an age limit two years ago

It comes after mass protests in the country back in 2018 after the National Assembly voted against having a minimum age limit.

People took to the streets of Paris and other cities to question why the government had refused back in May 2018.

People were also in uproar as a 30 year old man  had been cleared of raping an 11 year old girl in Paris just a week before.

While the lower house of parliament had voted on a bill to toughen laws on the rape of children, lawmakers voted against setting at 15 the minimum age at which a minor cannot consent to a sexual relationship with an adult.#

This left the country of France with no minimum age limit leaving young girls at the mercy of adults and a grey area about what constitutes consent and coercion.

However, the French government said they would set a minimum limit and were torn between making the ages 13 or 15.

The Minister of Solidarity and Health Agnès Buzyn said setting a legal age of sexual consent would allow a “collective awareness” and that everyone would see what was “legal and illegal”, Le Figaro newspaper reports (in French).

Last November, a 30-year-old man was acquitted of rape after a court determined his 11-year-old victim had not been subjected to “constraint, threat, violence or surprise”.

In another case, a court initially said a 28-year-old man should face charges of sexual assault, and not rape, after saying the victim was not physically forced to have sex.

But the same court reversed its decision last month, saying the accused should indeed face rape charges.

The age has now been set to 15.

 


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