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First Fine of French Catcalling Law Levied for Slapping Woman's Bottom

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The first fine has been issued under a new catcalling law in France. (Stocksnapper/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Wednesday, 26 September 2018 10:02 AM

The first fine has been issued under France's new law against cat calling, but the penalty does not end there — the recipient was also sentenced to three months in behind bars for slapping a woman's bottom last week, The Straits Times reported.

The incident occurred on a bus near Paris, when the unnamed man smacked the 21-year-old woman on the buttocks and made lewd comments about her physique.

According to Quartz, the offender was drunk when he boarded the bus and told the woman she had "big breasts."

The bus driver intervened by jamming the bus doors shut until police could arrive. A squabble reportedly erupted between the two men, the Straits Times noted.

A judge in Evry, south of Paris, sentenced the man to three months in jail for the act, considered to be outright sexual aggression, and threw in a fine of nearly $360 for his derogatory remarks.

The fine is a first under new legislation prohibiting menacing acts such as wolf-whistling.

Earlier this year, French lawmakers voted to clamp down on street sexual harassment through tighter legislation, which included imposing fines to deter predatory remarks and harassing actions such as catcalling, Vogue reported.

At the time, Marlene Schiappa, the gender equality minister, told Time magazine "we'll no longer tolerate threats directed at women."

Schiappa commended the court on its decision to sentence the offender to jail.

"Bravo for the bus driver's quick-wittedness and the penalty imposed," she said.

The sentencing comes shortly after a woman was punched in the face in the streets of Paris for snubbing a man who had wolf-whistled her, the Straits Times reported.

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The first fine under a new French catcalling law has been issued and the recipient was also sentenced to three months behind bars for slapping a woman's bottom last week, The Straits Times reported.
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