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France outlaws sex with children aged under 15

April 16, 2021 8:32 am
[Source: Reuters]

The French parliament adopted legislation that characterizes sex with a child under the age of 15 as rape and punishable by up to 20 years in jail, bringing its penal code closer in line with many other Western nations.

While the age of consent was previously 15, prosecutors in France used to be required to prove sex was non-consensual to obtain a rape conviction.

“This is an historic law for our children and our society,” Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti told the National Assembly.

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“No adult aggressor will be able to claim the consent of a minor younger than 15-years-old.”

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