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The age of consent in France is 15, as specified by Article 227-25 of the Penal Code, which reads: "The fact of the commission without violence, constraint, threat or surprise of a sexual offence by an adult on the person of a minor under fifteen years of age is punished by five years' imprisonment and a fine of 75,000€." Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? France are to consider lowering the age of consent to as low as 11-years-old as the government draft a controversial new bill dealing with ‘sexual coercion.’. Current laws criminalise sex with children under the age of 15 - but prosecutors have to prove that the sexual act was forced. There is no age of sexual consent in France. 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The controversial bill had focused on an appropriate threshold for an age of consent — 13 or 15 years. After public consultations and the recommendation of a panel of experts, “the government has decided to set the age at 15”, Schiappa told […] Women demonstrate to call for a legislative change to set a minimum legal age for sexual consent in front of the Justice ministry in Paris a week after a jury acquitted a 30-year-old man who was accused of raping an 11-year-old girl, Pope Francis prays with priests at the end of a limited public audience at the San Damaso courtyard in The Vatican, A girl's silhouette is seen from behind a fabric in a tent along a beach by Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, A Chinese woman takes a photo of herself in front of a flower display dedicated to frontline health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic in Beijing, China. The age is just one piece of an upcoming bill on sexual violence and harassment. France announced plans Monday to set 15 as the age of sexual consent amid public outrage over two cases involving sex with 11-year-old girls. Dozens of fires are burning out of control throughout Northern California as fire resources are spread thin, Students use their mobile phones as flashlights at an anti-government rally at Mahidol University in Nakhon Pathom. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. This means that under the law, sex between an adult and anyone younger than 15 will be considered rape. France plans to change their age for sexual consent to 15 years of age. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? 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A familiar legal concept in most Western countries, the age of consent is based on the principle that … In France, there is no minimum age of consent for sex—for now A Nov. 14, 2017, photo of an activist holding a banner reading: "For him impunity, for her a life sentence" during a protest in Paris. As a result, there is still no law establishing a legal age of sexual consent in France. Although the age […] The bill also introduces a new offence for "sexist abuse" in the public space which includes sexists behaviour, comments on a person's physique and wolf-whistling with offenders facing a €90 (£79) fine. 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Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. France to set the age of consent to 15 following OUTRAGE over 11-year-old girl sex cases FRANCE’s gender equality minister has confirmed all cases of … Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet says 13 “is worth considering.”. 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France are to consider lowering the age of consent to as low as 11-years-old as the government draft a controversial new bill dealing with ‘sexual coercion.’ Is an 11 … As the current legislation stands, they would only to receive a … In France, under the Napoleonic Code the age of consent was set in 1832 at 11, and was raised to 13 in 1863. A case involving an 11-year-old girl has sparked a moment of moral and legal reckoning. On Nov. 7, a … Oppositions groups said the text would "send the wrong signal to society" and "satisfy neither campaign groups nor the judicial spheres," French newspaper Le Figaro reports. Some officials had suggested that France’s legal age of consent be set at 13 while other lawmakers suggested that it should be 15. The government was recently warned by France's highest administrative court, the Council of State, that setting a firm legal age of consent could be seen as violating an adult's presumption of innocence and as a result it could have declared the new law unconstitutional. The bill has gained importance amid worldwide concern unleashed by the allegations against Harvey Weinstein. France plans to make 15 the age of sexual consent after a public outcry over two cases of sex involving 11-year-old girls, Equality Minister Marlene Schiappa said Monday. Most countries prohibit sex with under-16s or under-18s, but in some places the age of consent is as low as 11, or as high as 20. Some nations, however, do not have a specified age of consent as they forbid sexual relations outside of marriage. This was sparked after two men were accused of have relations with two 11-year-old girls. French lawmakers are forging ahead with plans to fix the age of consent to ensure that any sexual act between an adult and a child under 15 can be prosecuted as rape. November 14, 2017 Sean Adl-Tabatabai News, World 0 Comments. President Macron accused of missing opportunity to protect minors, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. Millions Of Spanish Rise Up Against Government – Media Blackout, BBC Report: US & UK Governments Colluded With ISIS, Copyright © 2020 The People's Voice, Inc. All rights reserved | News Punch, Deep State Exposed: CCP Member Leak Reveals U.S. France has decided to set its legal age of sexual consent at 15. Feminist groups plan a protest Tuesday to argue the age should be set at 15. In Spain, it was set in 1822 at “puberty age”, and changed to 12 in 1870, which was kept until 1999, when it became 13; and in 2015 it was raised to 16. In 1974, the age for homosexual acts was lowered to 18. Twice in recent weeks, French courts refused to prosecute grown men for rape after they had sex with 11-year-olds because authorities couldn’t prove coercion. In the U.S. other factors are also considered in determining consent including the age of both partners. France to change law after man cleared of raping 11-year-old Equalities minister Marlene Schiappa says France needs a minimum age under which a child cannot consent … 21st century and present day situation Representing Mr Macron's La Republique En Marche, Dimitri Houbron, told Le Monde: "Maybe we are not going far enough, but this is progress and we want to make sure we have a text which is legally strong.". 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FRANCE is considering a change to the laws surrounding sexual consent after two men were acquitted of raping two 11 year old girls. The age of consent was set at 11 in 1832, at 13 in 1863. After Shocking Cases Involving 11-Year-Olds, France to Set Age of Consent It currently doesn't have one, and will likely set it between ages 13 and 15 In 1977, a petition was addressed to the French parliament calling for the abrogation of several articles of the age of consent law and the decriminalization of all consensual relations between adults and minors below the age of fifteen (the age of consent in France). France has stopped short of setting a legal age of sexual consent following a heated debate in the National Assembly. In 1942, the age of consent for homosexual acts was set at 21, while that for heterosexual acts was still 13. France are to consider lowering the age of consent to as low as 11-years-old as the government draft a controversial new bill dealing with ‘sexual coercion.’ Is an 11-year-old girl old enough to agree to sex with an adult? By changing the official age of consent, that won’t matter, and anyone will automatically be charged. The bill makes sex between an adult and a minor under 15 illegal but accepts the possibility that a minor is capable of consenting to sex. Firefighters have brought the fire under control but they expected to keep working through the day, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny posing for a selfie with his family at Berlin's Charite hospital. However, the choice was made to abandon the principle of a minimum age. That’s the question French ministers are seriously considering, amid total outrage and revulsion by members of the public. Considering all of the uproar from two ongoing cases involving men having sex with 11 year old girls the people of France are determined to make a change. The verdict has sparked a public outcry and calls to revise the law. While the lower house of parliament 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. 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The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. France are to consider lowering the age of consent to as low as 11-years-old as the government draft a controversial new bill dealing with ‘sexual coercion.’ Is an 11-year-old girl old enough to agree to sex with an adult? In such cases, when the threshold for rape is not met, judges would classify the incident as "sexual assault" and offenders could face a prison sentence of up to 10 years. 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Opposition parties criticised President Emmanuel Macron's La Republique En Marche party for missing the opportunity to place an age of consent into law. Children and women's rights groups nonetheless criticised the lack of legislation, pointing to the recent decision by French courts to refuse to prosecute two men for the rape of 11-year-old girls because authorities couldn't prove coercion. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. As a result, there is still no law establishing a legal age of sexual consent in France. The debate here was prompted by outrage over recent cases involving young children. France are to consider lowering the age of consent to as low as 11-years-old as the government draft a controversial new bill dealing with ‘sexual coercion.’. However, if "the victim lacks the ability to consent" it would classified as rape and offenders would face up to 20 years in prison. In the United States, the age of consent set by the states ranges from 16 to 18. 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French officials will create a legal age of consent, changing the country's law to classify sex with someone younger than 15 as rape, regardless of whether physical force is used. Amid public horror, the government is drafting a bill to say sex with children under a certain age is by definition coercive. The move was announced by Marlène Schiappa, France’s gender equality minister. France will set a legal age of consent for the first time following two recent court cases featuring men accused of having sex with 11-year-old girls. France is considering standardizing an age of consent for the first time, and the proposed age--13--has some people fuming. PONTOISE, France - French children's rights groups have expressed outrage after a 28-year-old man was charged with assaulting rather than raping an 11-year-old girl because investigators said the pair had consensual sex. In 1974, the age … the abandonment of a legal age of consent is Up debate! 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