France wants to set 15 as minimum age for sexual consent

France sets legal age of sexual consent at 15 after child sex outrage

France sets legal age of sexual consent at 15 after child sex outrage

Speaking previously Schiappa said: "The law will mean that "below a certain age, there can be no debate, ever, on the sexual consent of a child, and that any child below a certain age would automatically be considered as raped or sexually assaulted".

The proposed law has been suggested following two cases involving adult men who are accused of having sex with 11-year-old girls.

The French government on Tuesday announced plans for a new law that would prevent someone under the age of 15 consenting to sex. Prosecutors must have to prove that the sexual encounter was forced before it can bring rape charges against the offenders as rape conviction carries a much harsher punishments. Instead, the men were charged with sexual abuse of a minor, a lesser charge.

Equality Minister Marlène Schiappa told reporters that "the government has made a decision to set the age at 15", after widespread criticism broke out against the laws that allowed two men to escape rape charges following sexual misconduct with underage girls.

This decision on the age of consent comes after pressure has been piled on the government from lawmakers and child protection groups.

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To decide upon this they enlisted the help of doctors and legal experts and Schiappa said that she was "very glad" that they had chosen 15 - an age that has been touted as appropriate by most organisations that campaign for an end to violence against children.

Last year, a 30-year-old man escaped rape charges after a court found that his 11-year-old victim had not been subjected to "constraint, threat, violence or surprise" (The Guardian).

In October 2017, she told CNN that she wanted to address rape culture.

In the other case, charges against a 28-year-old man, also accused of raping an 11-year-old girl, were downgraded to "sexual relations with a minor", according toFrench news agency AFP. President Emmanuel Macron met his future wife, Brigitte, when he was around 14 and she was 38 and a teacher at his school.

Once implemented it will criminalize any sexual conduct with any minor under that age.

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