The Me Too campaign against sexual harassment on women appears to be having an impact as the France government has decided to fine men on the spot if they are caught cat-calling or harassing women on streets.
The announcement was made by a woman Minister of French government. The legislation is being piloted by 34-year-old Marlene Schiappa, a feminist and early supporter of French President Emmanuel Macron who wants to tackle sexist male attitudes in public spaces.
“It’s completely necessary because at the moment street harassment is not defined in the law,” she told RTL radio on Monday in a major interview to outline the law, which is to be voted next year.
The escalating scandal over Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual assaults on a string of actresses has rekindled debate on sexual harassment and predation in France.
The MeToo encouraging women to share their experiences is among the top 10 trends on French Twitter, and a new one has emerged – #balancetonporc (“Expose the Pig”) – to report sexual harassment in the workplace.>