France to tighten laws around sexual harassment

  • 22/03/2018
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.