What Is The Age Of Consent In France? Sexual Violence Prompts Rethink


A 30-year- old man was found innocent of rape for having sex with a girl, who at the time was 11-year-old, later giving birth to a child.

It would be the first law of its kind in France, where there is now no law that states a child below a certain age is considered incapable of consenting to sex.

In December, Macron said he would push for the age of sexual consent and the presumption of rape to both be set at 15, saying: "Our criminal law contains intolerable ambiguities".

And in another case, a 28-year-old man faced charges of sexual relations with a minor and not rape - but this decision was reversed last month and the court said he should face rape charges.

The French government has agreed to set the age of sexual consent at 15 years old after public fury over two cases involving girls as young as 11.

Sentences are the same for sexual assaults of minors and non-minors, but rape convictions carry much harsher punishments.

"The government has made a decision to set the age at 15", France's equality minister, Marlène Schiappa, announced Monday, according to Agence France-Presse. Although the court later admitted that the man should be charged for rape, it lingered make the ruling and asked to move the trial to a higher court.

She said: "We want to fix an age in the law below which it's always forbidden to have sex with children, with young girls, below which it's always considered as a rape". "Below which it's always considered as a rape", she said in an interview.

In the United Kingdom the age of sexual consent is 16, but children under the age of 13 have additional legal protections that declare they can never consent to sexual activity.

The French government on Tuesday announced plans for a new law that would prevent someone under the age of 15 consenting to sex.

"Since then lawmakers and child-protection groups have been urging the government to set a minimum age of consent, as is the case in many European countries, with suggested ages ranging from 13 to 15".

President Emmanuel Macron pushed for an age of consent of 15, rather than 13.

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