A new law may be in place in France that says it is illegal to harass women on the street. This includes everything from asking for a woman’s number to whistling at her, reports The Sun.
In a recent survey in France, it shows that virtually all French women have been harassed on public transport or in the street at some point in their lives.
France’s President, Emmanuel Macron, has pledged to end this problem during his campaign for presidency.
Only a few countries, like Belgium and Portugal, have actually banned these behaviors. But the UK and other countries have broader laws against harassment but nothing specific.
Some lawyers believe that the men should only be prosecuted if there is a police officer to witness it. Others say women should be able to act on their own and file a criminal lawsuit against the offenders.
Marlene Schiappa, the under-secretary for gender equality, is one of the women defending the plan and to demonstrate her point she gave an example of inappropriate behavior towards women.
A proponent of this law is Gilles-William Goldnadel who said “the only consequences of the law would be to enrich feminist lawyers and to clog up the court system.”