Paedophile France votes against setting minimum age of sexual consent amid backlash

France has stopped short of setting a legal age of sexual consent following a heated debate in the National Assembly.

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.

As a result, there is still no law establishing a legal age of sexual consent in France.

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.

In such cases, when the threshold for rape is not met, judges would classify the incident as “sexual assault” and offenders could face a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

 

However, if “the victim lacks the ability to consent” it would classified as rape and offenders would face up to 20 years in prison.

 

The text now has to be approved by the Senate before it can become law.

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 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.

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.

 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/france-sex-age-consent-minimum-national-assembly-vote-15-rape-a8355516.html

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