Two Cases Involving Sex with 11-Year-Old Girls Forced France to Raise the age of Consent To 15

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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. The proposal put forward by the French government If passed into law, will be the first of its kind in the country which currently has no rule saying a child under a certain age is considered incapable of consenting to sex.

Until now, sex with children under 15 could be prosecuted as a sexual offense, but rape charges could be difficult to prove in such cases because French law required evidence that the sex was forced.

The government’s women’s affairs office said that it has decided to set the threshold at 15 in a bill to be presented to parliament later this month.

Earlier, officials had discussed setting it at 13. President Emmanuel Macron, among others, argued for it to be older.

In two recent legal cases, adult men were accused of having sex with 11-year-old girls who were considered consenting under French law.

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