While the age of consent was beforehand 15, prosecutors in France was required to show sex was non-consensual to acquire a rape conviction.
“This is an historic law for our children and our society,” Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti advised the National Assembly.
“No adult aggressor will be able to claim the consent of a minor younger than 15 years old.”
The vote in favor of the invoice was unanimous at its closing studying, the Assembly mentioned on Twitter.
There had been issues from some lawmakers that an age of consent beneath which sex robotically constituted rape may criminalize a consensual sexual relationship between a minor and an individual just a few years older.
As a consequence, a “Romeo and Juliet” clause that enables for sexual relations between a minor and a person as much as 5 years older. The clause is not going to apply in circumstances of sexual assault.
In a rustic that has lengthy cherished its self-image because the land of seduction and romance, sexual abuse in opposition to ladies and children for years went undetected or undeclared within the higher echelons of energy and inside celeb circles.
But there was a lot soul-searching lately.
The #MeToo motion that swept around the globe after quite a few ladies in 2017 accused US film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault proved a turning level in France. So too did the autumn from grace in 2020 of a French author who had written overtly about his pedophilia.
France had already toughened its sex crimes legal guidelines in 2018 when it outlawed sexual harassment on the streets, leaving cat-callers and aggressively lecherous people going through potential on-the-spot fines.