The Debate

Street assault in France: Can fines stop sexual harassment of women?

A French government plan to issue on-the-spot fines for sexual harassment in public places is set to be voted on this week. According to Equalities Minister Marlène Schiappa, the first fines will be handed out this autumn. Offenders will have to pay between 90 and 750 euros. The vote comes as 22-year-old Marie Laguerre posted a video of being slapped on a street in Paris after she stood up to a verbal abuser. We take a look at how these fines will work.


Produced by:

Claire Brown

Natalia Robinson

Fraser Jackson

Melissa Kalaydjian

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