Speak Softly To Your Spouse In France – Or You May Be Guilty Of A Crime

In what appears to be a first-of-its-kind piece of legislation, France has enacted a law that criminalizes “psychological abuse” by one spouse against another.  The law applies to cohabiting couples as well as married couples.

The law is expected to cover a wide variety of verbal behavior, including repeated rude remarks, insults, false allegations of mis-behavior, and verbal threats of physical violence.  French police have been urged to issue a caution for first offenses, but repeat offenders could face fines, restraining orders, and even jail time.

Opponents of the law contend that it is a gimmick aimed to please feminist lobbyists, and will be impossible to implement.  But French premier Francois Fillon, who announced the law, said: ‘The creation of this offence will allow us to deal with the most insidious situations – situations that leave no visible scars, but which leave victims torn up inside.’

You can read an interesting article about the French law from Jonathan Turley here, and an article from Dailymail.com here.

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