France unveils plan to halt violence against women

France on Monday announced new measures to combat violence against women by their partners or ex-partners, seeking to toughen up…

France on Monday announced new measures to combat violence against women by their partners or ex-partners, seeking to toughen up the law as concern grows over the number of femicide murders in the country.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe made the announcements on the UN-backed International Day for Eliminating Violence against Women, two days after tens of thousands had taken to the streets across France in a show of solidarity.

Expressing hope that the plan would prove an “electric shock”, he said the measures would seek to broaden the definition of violence, including how harassment can lead to suicide.

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