French President Emmanuel Macron is moving to make certain types of “gender-based” verbal insults illegal, and punishable by fine on first offense.
Speaking for the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women, Macron said that he will make “verbal attacks” on women illegal.
“The streets should not become hell for the women of France,” Macron said.
The French government is holding meetings to rush the law into existence in as little as a few weeks.
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Macron said that France’s Ministry of the Interior is holding meetings that will lead to new rules “in a few weeks’ time.”
France is also considering a series of rules that would make it easier for victims to report instances of sexual assault to police. Those measures include extending the statute of limitation for the rape of a minor to 30 years from the current 20.
Victims could also file initial rape complaints online, and public transit may start offering an “on demand” service, which would let women get off at any point on their bus routes instead of just at designated stops.
The new rules come as sexual harassment allegations have rocked the political and entertainment worlds.
Gee, guess there won’t ever be any misunderstandings, unjust persecution or false accusations over the Verbal Attack law.
No sarcasm on WLT either!