Wolf whistling men in France will be fined under new law

Wolf whistling men in France will be fined under new law

Marlene Schiappa said the move is necessary

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Men who wolf whistle or are lecherous towards women in France are to be handed fines when a new law is passed next year.

The French government confirmed the new sexual abuse and sexism law yesterday (October 16), according to The Brisbane Times.

Gender equality minister Marlene Schiappa has announced that events will take place across the country so that the new law can be discussed.

Schiappa told RTL radio that the move is necessary as harassment in the street is not currently covered by the law.

However the plan has been criticised by some lawyers and police officers as they claim it could not be enforced effectively as people would have to be caught red-handed and also it is hard to tell the difference between flirting and harassment.

Schiappa has argued: "We know very well at what point we start feeling intimidated, unsafe or harassed in the street."

Five cross-party MPs are currently working to establish a definition of harassment with both police and magistrates for the law.

A debate has been raging since allegations against Harvey Weinstein came out about what counts as harassment.

Many in France recently used Twitter to recoub similar situations they've found themselves in at work, along with the hashtag #balancetonporc - which means squeal on your pig.

Schiappa is also calling for the statute of limitations to be changed from 20 years to 30 years for victims who have turned 18 in cases where they were allegedly raped as minors.