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When child sex isn't rape: French to set age of consent

SeattlePI.com Tuesday, 14 November 2017
PARIS (AP) — Is a 13-year-old girl old enough to agree to sex with an adult? That's a question France is asking itself as the government prepares to set a legal age for sexual consent for the first time. Twice in recent weeks, French courts have refused to prosecute men for rape after they had sex with 11-year-olds because authorities couldn't prove coercion. Amid the public horror at that situation, the French government is drafting a bill to say that sex with children under a certain age is by definition coercive. Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet provoked consternation and dismay among feminist groups by saying a legal minimum age of 13 for sexual consent "is worth considering.
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What should the age of consent be? In France this has been the subject of heated debate after a 28-year old man was acquitted of raping an 11-year old, whom he had lured to his apartment in a Paris suburb on a promise of teaching her how to “kiss properly”. Prosecutors ruled that the offence was...

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