France Age of Consent up to 15 from Non-existent

After 2 men skirted rape convictions for sex with 11 year old girls, France is now open to the idea of making a firm age of legal consent 15 years old.


France, a shining progressive light of Europe, currently is without an official age of consent making sex with minor difficult to prosecute. Raping girls under 20 has a stiffer penalty, however the court must prove the sex was forced upon the underage victim.


The New York Times reported “In France, as long as ‘violence, coercion, threat or surprise’ is not proven, sexual intercourse with a minor — even one under 15 — is considered an atteinte sexuelle, which is an infraction and not a crime.”


France’s equality minister, Marlène Schiappa declared Monday “The government has decided to set the age at 15.”



The new law will be implemented after the country watched in horror as grown men got away after having sex with children in the past months. In one case a 30 year old man was found not guilty of raping an 11 year old girl because the court said there was “no violence, coercion, threat or surprise.”


In another case, a 28 year old man walked free from a rape charge against another 11 year old girl. His defense attorney Marc Goudarzian argued “She was 11 years and 10 months old, so nearly 12 years old. It changes the story,” adding “So she is not a child.”


The names of the men who went free and their pictures have not been published.


The new law awaits parliamentary approval then should go into effect in the next few weeks. The law will be bundled with a group of broader laws aimed at stemming sexual violence in France.


Pawl Bazile is a journalist and the Production Director for Proud Boy Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @PawlBazile

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