France to set age of sexual consent at 15 after rape outcry

Two cases involving the 11-year-old girls provoked outrage in France after the alleged perpetrators were acquitted of rape.

In November a 30-year-old man was cleared of rape after the court found that the victim had not been subjected to “constraint, threat, violence or surprise.”

In the other case, charges against a 28-year-old man, also accused of raping an 11-year-old girl, were downgraded to “sexual relations with a minor,” according to French news agency AFP.

Schiappa said that the French President wanted to set the age of consent at 15 and she “had expressed the same preference on many occasions.”