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French MPs call for fines over sexist catcalls and offensive comments

Emmanuel Macron’s government is preparing a sexual violence and harassment Bill to tackle the problem.

French MPs are calling for a fine of at least 90 euro (£79) for people caught making sexist catcalls as President Emmanuel Macron’s government prepares a sweeping new law targeting sexual violence and harassment.

The group of five MPs submitted proposals to the government including a fine for “comments, behaviour or pressure of a sexist or sexual character” that is degrading, humiliating, intimidating, hostile or offensive.

Details of how the fines would be enforced are unclear.

The state secretary for women’s rights, Marlene Schiappa, suggested a similar fine last year. She is among government members preparing the sexual violence and harassment Bill, to be finalised later this month.

Mr Macron’s centrist party is set to give the government the results of a nationwide survey seeking proposals from the public on ways to fight sexism.

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