France makes incest a crime

France finally made incest a crime in its own right yesterday reinstating it into the country's penal code more than 200 years after French revolutionaries threw it out as a "religious taboo". Until now, incest was lumped together in French law in the category "rape" and "sex abuse", but French MPs have passed a bill specifically singling it out as an offence. The vote was immediately welcomed by Isabelle Aubry, president of the international association for incest victims, who said: "Before fighting a taboo, one must start by naming it." The new law defines incest as rape or sexual...

France finally made incest a crime in its own right yesterday reinstating it into the country's penal code more than 200 years after French revolutionaries threw it out as a "religious taboo". Until now, incest was lumped together in French law in the category "rape" and "sex abuse", but French MPs have passed a bill specifically singling it out as an offence. The vote was immediately welcomed by Isabelle Aubry, president of the international association for incest victims, who said: "Before fighting a taboo, one must start by naming it." The new law defines incest as rape or sexual...


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