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France could place a ban on Catcalling



France could place a ban on Catcalling - BellaNaijaThe French Government is considering placing a ban on catcalling in the country after launching a group to figure out the best way to outlaw street harassment.

Marlène Schiappa, France’s Gender Equality minister, spoke of a gray area in the French law outlawing sexual assault, Newsweek reports.

The law defines sexual assault as: “any sexual infringement carried out using violence, coercion, threats or surprise.”

The group is working with the interior and justice ministries to properly understand and prepare a law that would define and punish street harassment.

Schiappa, in an interview in France, described how catcalling can be street harassment. She said:

You are a woman in an underground train. I am a man. I follow you. You get off the train. I get off. You get on another train. I get on too. I ask you for your telephone number. I ask again. I ask a third time. You feel oppressed. That is street harassment.

The problem is men thinking they’re entitled to yell at a young woman, saying like, ‘Hey, you, you have a fine ass!’


  1. Le coco

    September 21, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Yes!!!!!! although this law is hard to impliment

  2. ND babe

    September 22, 2017 at 3:30 am

    I agree with this philosophically but how is this important relative to the fact that terrorists are impacting the French economy?

  3. BA

    September 22, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    I live in Paris and II can confirm cat calling is an epidemic. And as a black woman, sometimes you get the extra stress of yamayama people making sex worker advances at you.

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