The National Assembly voted this Wednesday evening in favor of tightening the crackdown on sexist slurs and the possibility of filing complaints via videoconference for certain offenses while reviewing the Orientation and Programming Act of the Home Office.
Sexist contempt, introduced recently to combat “street harassment”, specifically refers to the fact of imposing on a person “a statement or behavior with a sexual or sexist connotation” that degrades their dignity or creates an “intimidating” situation. or offensive.” It is considered “aggravating” in certain cases, such as when it is committed by an abusive person on a vulnerable person, or even on public transport.
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The article, voted on Wednesday, aims to make it a crime and the fine will increase from the current €1,500 to €3,750. The relevant criminal offenses shall be specified in a decree of the Council of State. Identical amendments from the opposition were passed with government backing to spread aggravating sexist disrespect to all minors, not just those under 15.
Other amendments, which called for sexist slurs not to carry lesser “one-time fines for misdemeanours”, were defeated. The LFI group voted against this measure, condemning the purely “repressive” method and believing that it was necessary to “remove the cause, not the effect” of these outrages.
Video complaints coming soon
Earlier in the day, the Assembly basically voted in favor of a possible videoconferencing complaint regarding certain offenses by a vote of 155 to 2. In a half-cycle, Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin praised on Tuesday one of the ministry’s “digital revolutions” where some victims have to “take half a day off to file a complaint today.
With the approval of the presidential camp, the deputies passed an amendment by the socialist Cecile Untermeyer, which mentions that the victim can refuse the videoconference if he prefers the procedure “eye to eye”. Video conferencing is not meant to “reduce public service,” Renaissance MP Caroline Abadi stressed, recalling the “8,500” gendarmes and police promised by law over a five-year term.
The deputies adopted a socialist proposal that a victim of a criminal offense could “ask to file a complaint and be heard” “at home, in a specialized association for assistance to victims, or in any other place.”
An amendment by Marie Pochon (EELV) was also adopted, providing for a possible five-year experiment with “gendarme brigades and mobile police officers” to “collect complaints from victims of domestic violence in rural areas, in areas designated by decree.” contrary to the opinion of the speaker.