France to tighten laws around sexual harassment

France to tighten laws around sexual harassment
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France's government has presented a bill to fight against sexual and gender-based violence, in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

Junior minister for gender equality Marlene Schiappa was scheduled to detail the bill Wednesday in a Cabinet meeting.

Ms Schiappa said last week in an interview with the AP that the measure will impose stiff fines for gender-based harassment on the street or in public transport.

The proposed law also includes a provision that anyone under 15 cannot consent to sex with an adult.

It extends the statute of limitations on sex crimes, allowing prosecution for 30 years after a purported victim turns 18, rather than 20.

Ms Schiappa said the bill would also step up sanctions against cyberstalking.

The text will be debated in Parliament by the northern summer.

Reuters