France sets the age of consent at 15 years

Sex with a child under the age of 15 is to be considered rape in France, and to be punishable by up to 20 years in jail. 

The legislation was adopted unanimously by the French parliament on Thursday. “No adult aggressor will be able to claim the consent of a minor younger than 15-years-old,” Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti told the National Assembly.

Under the new legislation, a so-called “Romeo and Juliet” clause will allow for the possibility of consensual sexual relations between a minor and a partner who is up to five years older. However, that clause will not apply to cases of sexual assault. 

The legislation also considers incestuous sex with a minor under 18 to be rape.

Full story at Reuters

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