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France Moves to Make Its Age of Consent 15 Years Old

France is moving to make 15 the legal age of sexual consent following two very public cases involving the rape of 11-year-old girls, according to the Agence France-Presse.

Equality Minister Marlène Schiappa told reporters that “the government has decided to set the age at 15,” after widespread criticism broke out against the laws that allowed two men to escape rape charges following sexual misconduct with underage girls. According to France’s current laws, s*x with a child younger than 15 years old can be criminalized only if it is proven that the act was forced. She said a new law would be presented to France's equivalent of a cabinet on March 21.

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