Mass protest against do­mes­tic vi­o­lence held

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

PARIS » Tens of thou­sands of pro­test­ers marched through Paris on Saturday to de­mand a na­tional wakeup call and more gov­ern­ment in­vest­ment to pre­vent deadly do­mes­tic vi­o­lence against women, a prob­lem that Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron calls “France’s shame.”

A wave of pur­ple flags and signs snaked from the Place de l’Opera through east­ern Paris amid an un­prece­dented pub­lic cam­paign to de­cry vi­o­lence against women — and to honor the 130 women that ac­tivists say have been killed in France this year by a cur­rent or for­mer part­ner. That’s about one ev­ery two or three days.

Though France has a pro­gres­sive rep­u­ta­tion and pushes for women’s rights around the world, it has among the high­est rates in Europe of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, in part be­cause of poor po­lice re­sponse to re­ports of abuse. Many of the women killed this year had pre­vi­ously sought help from po­lice.

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