French government to tackle sexual and gender-based violence

The Associated Press

March 21, 2018

By Sylvie Corbet

France’s government on Wednesday presented a bill to fight sexual and gender-based violence, in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

Junior minister for gender equality Marlene Schiappa said at a news conference the measure will impose fines for gender-based harassment on the street or in public transport of between 90 and 750 euros ($110-920).

Schiappa said she is convinced the measure “will act as a deterrent because never before have we heard so much talk about street harassment.”

Witnesses to such acts will know the French Republic’s law is on the side of women, she stressed.

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