France con­sid­ers con­sent age law

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A BILL be­ing pre­pared by the French gov­ern­ment could set a min­i­mum le­gal age for sex­ual con­sent for the first time, and the coun­try’s jus­tice min­is­ter said Mon­day that she thought 13 years old could be rea­son­able.

Jus­tice Min­is­ter Ni­cole Bel­lou­bet told France’s RTL ra­dio net­work that 13 was a “limit that is worth con­sid­er­ing” for the forth­com­ing leg­is­la­tion, but noted that judges should also have the abil­ity to as­sess whether some­one was old enough to give con­sent in in­di­vid­ual sit­u­a­tions.

One of her col­leagues in the French gov­ern­ment has said that a min­i­mum age for sex­ual con­sent has not been set for the bill. Mar­lene Schi­appa, a ju­nior min­is­ter for gen­der equal­ity, said Sun­day that the cut-off could be be­tween the ages of 13 and 15.

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