While the age of consent was previously 15, prosecutors in France were required to prove sex as non-consensual in order to receive a rape sentence.
“This is a historic law for our children and our society,” Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti told the National Assembly.
“No adult attacker will be able to claim the consent of a minor under 15 years of age.”
The assembly said on Twitter that the vote in favor of the bill was unanimous in its final readings.
Some legal practitioners were concerned that under-consenting, in which sexual relations automatically become rape, may criminalize consensual sex between a minor and a person only a few years of age.
As a result, a “Romeo and Juliet” clause that allows sexual relations between a minor and a person of up to five years. The section will not apply in cases of sexual harassment.
In a country that has long nurtured its self-image as a land of seduction and romance, sexual misconduct against women and children occurred in the upper echelons of power unqualified or undeclaredly and within celebrity circles.
But there has been much soul-searching in recent years.
The #MeToo movement, which swept across the world after several women in 2017, accused American filmmaker Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment that turned out to be a turning point in France. So fell in 2020 by the grace of a French writer who wrote openly about his pedophilia.
France had already tightened its sex crimes laws in 2018, when it rejected sexual harassment on the streets, leading to potential on-the-spot fines to cat-callers and aggressively litchi individuals. Had to do.