France Tightens The Law Against Women Violence

Published November 26th, 2019 - 06:34 GMT

France has recently unveiled new plans  to halt violence against women by seeking to toughen up the law as concern grows over the number of "femicide" murders in the country.

French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, made the announcements on the UN-backed International Day for Eliminating Violence against Women after tens of thousands rallied across the country against the violence.

Philippe also expressed hope that the measures would prove an "electric shock", as well as may seek to broaden the definition of violence.

During the last 11 months, over 117 women were killed by their partner or ex-partner in France, according to a case-by-case study by AFP based on media reports.

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A woman holds a flare and a placard reading "Remember, resist, do not give in" during a protest to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019, in Paris. Alain JOCARD / AFP

A woman holds a flare and a placard reading "Remember, resist, do not give in" during a protest to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019, in Paris. Alain JOCARD / AFP

Women from the STRASS trade union (Syndicate for sexual workers) hold placards reading "Stop repression, not our clients" (R) during a protest march to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019 in Marseille, southern France. CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP

Women from the STRASS trade union (Syndicate for sexual workers) hold placards reading "Stop repression, not our clients" (R) during a protest march to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019 in Marseille, southern France. CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP

nce the beginning of 2019, at least 116 women have been killed by their spouses or former spouses, according to a count and a case-by-case study conducted by AFP. The feminist collective "Feminicides by companions or ex" has counted 137 women killed in a conjugal context since January 1st. CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP

nce the beginning of 2019, at least 116 women have been killed by their spouses or former spouses, according to a count and a case-by-case study conducted by AFP. The feminist collective "Feminicides by companions or ex" has counted 137 women killed in a conjugal context since January 1st. CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP

A woman holds a placard with a pasted knicker on it and reading "This is not consent" during a protest to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019, in Paris. Alain JOCARD / AFP

A woman holds a placard with a pasted knicker on it and reading "This is not consent" during a protest to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019, in Paris. Alain JOCARD / AFP

A woman holds a placard enumerating the names of feminicide victims in France in 2019, during a protest to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019 in Marseille, southern France. CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP

A woman holds a placard enumerating the names of feminicide victims in France in 2019, during a protest to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019 in Marseille, southern France. CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP

French comedian Marie Benoliel aka 'Marie S'Infiltre' (C) is seen during a protest to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019, in Paris. Alain JOCARD / AFP

French comedian Marie Benoliel aka 'Marie S'Infiltre' (C) is seen during a protest to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019, in Paris. Alain JOCARD / AFP

French activist Jean-Baptiste Redde, aka Voltuan, holds up a placard reading " Stop crimes against the women" as he takes part in a protest during the International day for elimination of violence against women in Paris, on November 23, 2019. DOMINIQUE FAGET / AFP

French activist Jean-Baptiste Redde, aka Voltuan, holds up a placard reading " Stop crimes against the women" as he takes part in a protest during the International day for elimination of violence against women in Paris, on November 23, 2019. DOMINIQUE FAGET / AFP

A banner dedicated to the memory of women killed by a current or former partner, and against violence towards women, hangs on the monument of the Republic square on November 25, 2019 in Paris, on the International Day for Eliminating Violence against Women.LIONEL BONAVENTURE / AFP

A banner dedicated to the memory of women killed by a current or former partner, and against violence towards women, hangs on the monument of the Republic square on November 25, 2019 in Paris, on the International Day for Eliminating Violence against Women.LIONEL BONAVENTURE / AFP

French actress Alexandra Lamy, French actress Julie Gayet, French actress Nadege Beausson Diagne, French director and actress Eva Darlan, French senator and former minister Laurence Rossignol, French humorist and activist Muriel Robin, French actress Anne Le Nen and French artist Orlan take part in a protest to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019, in Paris. Alain JOCARD / AFP

French actress Alexandra Lamy, French actress Julie Gayet, French actress Nadege Beausson Diagne, French director and actress Eva Darlan, French senator and former minister Laurence Rossignol, French humorist and activist Muriel Robin, French actress Anne Le Nen and French artist Orlan take part in a protest to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019, in Paris. Alain JOCARD / AFP

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe (L) delivers a speech on domestic violence, next to French Junior Minister for Gender Equality Marlene Schiappa, on November 25, 2019 at the Hotel Matignon in Paris, during the International day for elimination of violence against women. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / POOL / AFP

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe (L) delivers a speech on domestic violence, next to French Junior Minister for Gender Equality Marlene Schiappa, on November 25, 2019 at the Hotel Matignon in Paris, during the International day for elimination of violence against women. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / POOL / AFP

A woman holds a flare and a placard reading "Remember, resist, do not give in" during a protest to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019, in Paris. Alain JOCARD / AFP
Women from the STRASS trade union (Syndicate for sexual workers) hold placards reading "Stop repression, not our clients" (R) during a protest march to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019 in Marseille, southern France. CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP
nce the beginning of 2019, at least 116 women have been killed by their spouses or former spouses, according to a count and a case-by-case study conducted by AFP. The feminist collective "Feminicides by companions or ex" has counted 137 women killed in a conjugal context since January 1st. CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP
A woman holds a placard with a pasted knicker on it and reading "This is not consent" during a protest to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019, in Paris. Alain JOCARD / AFP
A woman holds a placard enumerating the names of feminicide victims in France in 2019, during a protest to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019 in Marseille, southern France. CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP
French comedian Marie Benoliel aka 'Marie S'Infiltre' (C) is seen during a protest to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019, in Paris. Alain JOCARD / AFP
French activist Jean-Baptiste Redde, aka Voltuan, holds up a placard reading " Stop crimes against the women" as he takes part in a protest during the International day for elimination of violence against women in Paris, on November 23, 2019. DOMINIQUE FAGET / AFP
A banner dedicated to the memory of women killed by a current or former partner, and against violence towards women, hangs on the monument of the Republic square on November 25, 2019 in Paris, on the International Day for Eliminating Violence against Women.LIONEL BONAVENTURE / AFP
French actress Alexandra Lamy, French actress Julie Gayet, French actress Nadege Beausson Diagne, French director and actress Eva Darlan, French senator and former minister Laurence Rossignol, French humorist and activist Muriel Robin, French actress Anne Le Nen and French artist Orlan take part in a protest to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019, in Paris. Alain JOCARD / AFP
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe (L) delivers a speech on domestic violence, next to French Junior Minister for Gender Equality Marlene Schiappa, on November 25, 2019 at the Hotel Matignon in Paris, during the International day for elimination of violence against women. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / POOL / AFP
A woman holds a flare and a placard reading "Remember, resist, do not give in" during a protest to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019, in Paris. Alain JOCARD / AFP
A woman holds a flare and a placard reading "Remember, resist, do not give in" during a protest to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019, in Paris. Alain JOCARD / AFP
Women from the STRASS trade union (Syndicate for sexual workers) hold placards reading "Stop repression, not our clients" (R) during a protest march to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019 in Marseille, southern France. CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP
Women from the STRASS trade union (Syndicate for sexual workers) hold placards reading "Stop repression, not our clients" (R) during a protest march to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019 in Marseille, southern France. CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP
nce the beginning of 2019, at least 116 women have been killed by their spouses or former spouses, according to a count and a case-by-case study conducted by AFP. The feminist collective "Feminicides by companions or ex" has counted 137 women killed in a conjugal context since January 1st. CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP
nce the beginning of 2019, at least 116 women have been killed by their spouses or former spouses, according to a count and a case-by-case study conducted by AFP. The feminist collective "Feminicides by companions or ex" has counted 137 women killed in a conjugal context since January 1st. CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP
A woman holds a placard with a pasted knicker on it and reading "This is not consent" during a protest to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019, in Paris. Alain JOCARD / AFP
A woman holds a placard with a pasted knicker on it and reading "This is not consent" during a protest to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019, in Paris. Alain JOCARD / AFP
A woman holds a placard enumerating the names of feminicide victims in France in 2019, during a protest to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019 in Marseille, southern France. CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP
A woman holds a placard enumerating the names of feminicide victims in France in 2019, during a protest to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019 in Marseille, southern France. CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP
French comedian Marie Benoliel aka 'Marie S'Infiltre' (C) is seen during a protest to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019, in Paris. Alain JOCARD / AFP
French comedian Marie Benoliel aka 'Marie S'Infiltre' (C) is seen during a protest to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019, in Paris. Alain JOCARD / AFP
French activist Jean-Baptiste Redde, aka Voltuan, holds up a placard reading " Stop crimes against the women" as he takes part in a protest during the International day for elimination of violence against women in Paris, on November 23, 2019. DOMINIQUE FAGET / AFP
French activist Jean-Baptiste Redde, aka Voltuan, holds up a placard reading " Stop crimes against the women" as he takes part in a protest during the International day for elimination of violence against women in Paris, on November 23, 2019. DOMINIQUE FAGET / AFP
A banner dedicated to the memory of women killed by a current or former partner, and against violence towards women, hangs on the monument of the Republic square on November 25, 2019 in Paris, on the International Day for Eliminating Violence against Women.LIONEL BONAVENTURE / AFP
A banner dedicated to the memory of women killed by a current or former partner, and against violence towards women, hangs on the monument of the Republic square on November 25, 2019 in Paris, on the International Day for Eliminating Violence against Women.LIONEL BONAVENTURE / AFP
French actress Alexandra Lamy, French actress Julie Gayet, French actress Nadege Beausson Diagne, French director and actress Eva Darlan, French senator and former minister Laurence Rossignol, French humorist and activist Muriel Robin, French actress Anne Le Nen and French artist Orlan take part in a protest to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019, in Paris. Alain JOCARD / AFP
French actress Alexandra Lamy, French actress Julie Gayet, French actress Nadege Beausson Diagne, French director and actress Eva Darlan, French senator and former minister Laurence Rossignol, French humorist and activist Muriel Robin, French actress Anne Le Nen and French artist Orlan take part in a protest to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019, in Paris. Alain JOCARD / AFP
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe (L) delivers a speech on domestic violence, next to French Junior Minister for Gender Equality Marlene Schiappa, on November 25, 2019 at the Hotel Matignon in Paris, during the International day for elimination of violence against women. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / POOL / AFP
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe (L) delivers a speech on domestic violence, next to French Junior Minister for Gender Equality Marlene Schiappa, on November 25, 2019 at the Hotel Matignon in Paris, during the International day for elimination of violence against women. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / POOL / AFP