France will set a legal age of consent for the first time following two recent court cases featuring men accused of having sex with 11-year-old girls. The age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to participation in sexual activity. Opposition parties criticised President Emmanuel Macron's La Republique En Marche party for missing the opportunity to place an age of consent into law. The latter was increased to 15 in 1945. France has stopped short of setting a legal age of sexual consent following a heated debate in the National Assembly. After public consultations and the recommendation of a panel of experts, “the government has decided to set the age at 15”, Schiappa told […] Although the age […] As a result, there is still no law establishing a legal age of sexual consent in France. Some officials had suggested that France’s legal age of consent be set at 13 while other lawmakers suggested that it should be 15. Considering all of the uproar from two ongoing cases involving men having sex with 11 year old girls the people of France are determined to make a change. The bill has gained importance amid worldwide concern unleashed by the allegations against Harvey Weinstein. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. Daily protests calling for the authoritarian president's resignation are now in their second month, Members of 'Omnium Cultural' celebrate the 20th 'Festa per la llibertat' ('Fiesta for the freedom') to mark the Day of Catalonia in Barcelona. Oppositions groups said the text would "send the wrong signal to society" and "satisfy neither campaign groups nor the judicial spheres," French newspaper Le Figaro reports. The French government is considering setting the minimum age for sexual consent following a controversial decision by a jury to spare a man accused of raping an 11-year-old girl. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. Still Evacuating ISIS Leaders In Syria, Hungary Drops Internet Tax Plan After Public Outcry, Russia To Restore Early Warning Radar Station In Crimea, Japan Nuclear Reactor Restarts 4 Years After Fukushima Disaster, Video: Bush & Cheney Knew About 9/11 Months Before It Happened Says Whistleblower Charged Under Patriot Act, Lindsay Mills, Edward Snowden’s Girlfriend, Has Reunited With Leaker In Russia, Kim Dotcom: Hillary Clinton Should Fear Julian Assange, Mexican Company Offers To Build Trump’s Wall, Detroit Residents Turn Sinkhole Into A Fishing Hole. The bill makes sex between an adult and a minor under 15 illegal but accepts the possibility that a minor is capable of consenting to sex. This was sparked after two men were accused of have relations with two 11-year-old girls. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. French lawmakers are forging ahead with plans to fix the age of consent to ensure that any sexual act between an adult and a child under 15 can be prosecuted as rape. France plans to change their age for sexual consent to 15 years of age. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. Women demonstrate to call for a legislative change to set a minimum legal age for sexual consent in front of the Justice ministry in Paris a week after a jury acquitted a 30-year-old man who was accused of raping an 11-year-old girl, Pope Francis prays with priests at the end of a limited public audience at the San Damaso courtyard in The Vatican, A girl's silhouette is seen from behind a fabric in a tent along a beach by Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, A Chinese woman takes a photo of herself in front of a flower display dedicated to frontline health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic in Beijing, China. This means that under the law, sex between an adult and anyone younger than 15 will be considered rape. There is no age of sexual consent in France. By changing the official age of consent, that won’t matter, and anyone will automatically be charged. France announced plans Monday to set 15 as the age of sexual consent amid public outrage over two cases involving sex with 11-year-old girls. Amid public horror, the government is drafting a bill to say sex with children under a certain age is by definition coercive. A case involving an 11-year-old girl has sparked a moment of moral and legal reckoning. The controversial bill had focused on an appropriate threshold for an age of consent — 13 or 15 years. Campaigners who demanded a firm age limit for sexual consent said the new law could encourage judges to classify sexual abuses as sexual assaults rather than rapes. France to set age of consent at 15 following rape outcry. France are to consider lowering the age of consent to as low as 11-years-old as the government draft a controversial new bill dealing with ‘sexual coercion.’ Is an 11-year-old girl old enough to agree to sex with an adult? Start your Independent Premium subscription today. France plans to make 15 the threshold age of non-consent to sexual relations after a public outcry over two cases of sex involving 11-year-old girls, Equality Minister Marlene Schiappa said this week. Twice in recent weeks, French courts refused to prosecute grown men for rape after they had sex with 11-year-olds because authorities couldn’t prove coercion. The move was announced by Marlène Schiappa, France’s gender equality minister. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. The verdict has sparked a public outcry and calls to revise the law. While the lower house of parliament voted on a bill to toughen laws on the rape of children, lawmakers voted against setting at 15 the minimum age at which a minor cannot consent to a sexual relationship with an adult. 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The abandonment of a legal age of consent has shocked French society. France to change law after man cleared of raping 11-year-old Equalities minister Marlene Schiappa says France needs a minimum age under which a child cannot consent … In Spain, it was set in 1822 at “puberty age”, and changed to 12 in 1870, which was kept until 1999, when it became 13; and in 2015 it was raised to 16. Most countries prohibit sex with under-16s or under-18s, but in some places the age of consent is as low as 11, or as high as 20. The age is just one piece of an upcoming bill on sexual violence and harassment. France is considering standardizing an age of consent for the first time, and the proposed age--13--has some people fuming. That’s the question French ministers are seriously considering, amid total outrage and revulsion by members of the public. 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PONTOISE, France - French children's rights groups have expressed outrage after a 28-year-old man was charged with assaulting rather than raping an 11-year-old girl because investigators said the pair had consensual sex. Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet today said that the age … Since France currently does not have any age set in order to give… A familiar legal concept in most Western countries, the age of consent is based on the principle that … However, if "the victim lacks the ability to consent" it would classified as rape and offenders would face up to 20 years in prison. France are to consider lowering the age of consent to as low as 11-years-old as the government draft a controversial new bill dealing with ‘sexual coercion.’ Is an 11 … On Nov. 7, a … In France, under the Napoleonic Code the age of consent was set in 1832 at 11, and was raised to 13 in 1863. 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In France, there is no minimum age of consent for sex—for now A Nov. 14, 2017, photo of an activist holding a banner reading: "For him impunity, for her a life sentence" during a protest in Paris. The text now has to be approved by the Senate before it can become law. However, the choice was made to abandon the principle of a minimum age. FRANCE is considering a change to the laws surrounding sexual consent after two men were acquitted of raping two 11 year old girls. 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After Shocking Cases Involving 11-Year-Olds, France to Set Age of Consent It currently doesn't have one, and will likely set it between ages 13 and 15 Feminist groups plan a protest Tuesday to argue the age should be set at 15. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. French officials will create a legal age of consent, changing the country's law to classify sex with someone younger than 15 as rape, regardless of whether physical force is used. The age of consent in France is 15, as specified by Article 227-25 of the Penal Code, which reads: "The fact of the commission without violence, constraint, threat or surprise of a sexual offence by an adult on the person of a minor under fifteen years of age is punished by five years' imprisonment and a fine of 75,000€." Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. 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France has decided to set its legal age of sexual consent at 15. 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France To Change Age Of Consent To 15 Following Rape Uproar. The move follows public outrage over two cases involving 11-year old girls. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? In the United States, the age of consent set by the states ranges from 16 to 18. Some nations, however, do not have a specified age of consent as they forbid sexual relations outside of marriage. France to set the age of consent to 15 following OUTRAGE over 11-year-old girl sex cases FRANCE’s gender equality minister has confirmed all cases of … (CNN) France's government has proposed setting a formal age of sexual consent after two-high profile cases involving 11-year-old girls, according to the country's Equality Minister. In 1974, the age for homosexual acts was lowered to 18. Current laws criminalise sex with children under the age of 15 - but prosecutors have to prove that the sexual act was forced. President Macron accused of missing opportunity to protect minors, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. France are to consider lowering the age of consent to as low as 11-years-old as the government draft a controversial new bill dealing with ‘sexual coercion.’. Is an 11-year-old girl old enough to agree to sex with an adult? As the current legislation stands, they would only to receive a … The huge blaze broke out overnight at the port of Ancona. France is to change its laws and set the legal age of consent at 15, and specify that sex with anyone below that age is automatically defined as rape. The government was recently warned by France's highest administrative court, the Council of State, that setting a firm legal age of consent could be seen as violating an adult's presumption of innocence and as a result it could have declared the new law unconstitutional. France are to consider lowering the age of consent to as low as 11-years-old as the government draft a controversial new bill dealing with ‘sexual coercion.’ Is an 11-year-old girl old enough to agree to sex with an adult? 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You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Writing in left-leaning newspaper Liberation, sociologist Irene Ther said the government should have lowered the proposed minimal age of consent from 15 to 13 and that the vote was "a missed opportunity". The bill also introduces a new offence for "sexist abuse" in the public space which includes sexists behaviour, comments on a person's physique and wolf-whistling with offenders facing a €90 (£79) fine. Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet says 13 “is worth considering.”. November 14, 2017 Sean Adl-Tabatabai News, World 0 Comments. 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In 1942, the age of consent for homosexual acts was set at 21, while that for heterosexual acts was still 13. 21st century and present day situation Children and women's rights groups nonetheless criticised the lack of legislation, pointing to the recent decision by French courts to refuse to prosecute two men for the rape of 11-year-old girls because authorities couldn't prove coercion. Omnion Cultural fights for the independence of Catalonia, The Moria refugee camp, two days after Greece's biggest migrant camp, was destroyed by fire. The legal age at which one is deemed capable of agreeing to sexual activities ranges from 11 to 21 years in different countries around the world. 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