Men in France could be fined for making sexist comments about women in the street

Men in France could face fines of up to $111 (€90) is they make lewd or sexist remarks about women in the street.

A new government report recommends that men should be fined if they engage in “behavior that is an infringement of the freedom of movement of women in public spaces and undermines self-esteem and the right to security,” according to European news portal The Local.

Lawmakers working on the report had been asked to define what constitutes “sexual outrage,” and work out how it should be punished.

A woman holds a placard reading “21,500 women victims of violence per year in France” as people gather for a rally at the Old Port of Marseille, southern France, on October 29, 2017, to denounce harassment and sexual violence in everyday life. Getty Images