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French President Emmanuel Macron wants to ban gender-based insults

Josh Jackman November 27, 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron (R) smiles to French Junior Minister for Gender Equality Marlene Schiappa after he delivered a speech during the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, on November 25, 2017 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / LUDOVIC MARIN (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Gender-based insults are set to be illegal in France.

Wolf whistling and other sexist abuse will also soon be outlawed, according to President Emmanuel Macron.

In an effort to reduce violence against women which has seen 123 women killed only by their partners and ex-partners last year, Macron unveiled a raft of new measures.

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, on November 25, 2017 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ludovic MARIN        (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Speaking at the Elysee Palace on the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women, he vowed to help eradicate patriarchal language.

“Gender-based insults will be punishable by law.

French President Emmanuel Macron (R) stands next to French Junior Minister for Gender Equality Marlene Schiappa as he delivers a speech during the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, on November 25, 2017 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ludovic MARIN        (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)

“And many harassers practise wolf whistling and other types of verbal stigmatisation”.

The President said that he would “on-demand” evening bus stops to help women to get home safely.

[caption id="attachment_226591" align="alignnone" width="650"]French President Emmanuel Macron (R)and French Junior Minister for Gender Equality Marlene Schiappa kiss after delivering a speech during the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, on November 25, 2017 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / LUDOVIC MARIN        (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images) (Getty)

He also promised he would launch an online service for victims of sexual discrimination and harassment.

Macron said that “for a long time, people reacted with indifference” to sexism.

(From L) President of the association Femmes Solidaires Sabine Salmon, French emergency doctor and writer Patrick Pelloux, French humorist and patron of the association "Women Safe" Florence Foresti and French Junior Minister for Gender Equality Marlene Schiappa and French President Emmanuel Macron (R) attend the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, on November 25, 2017 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ludovic MARIN        (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)
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“This is unacceptable.

“Women must feel comfortable in public spaces. Women in the republic must not be afraid to use public spaces.

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, on November 25, 2017 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / LUDOVIC MARIN        (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)
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“This must be one of the priorities of the police.”

Unfortunately, France still has some way to go in terms of legally recognising non-binary people.

The country’s top court of appeals upheld a ruling in May which forbids a person from being officially seen as gender-neutral.

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, on November 25, 2017 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ludovic MARIN        (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Other French people also suffer from anti-LGBT discrimination – such as the President.

Earlier this year, he called rumours that he was secretly gay “odious misogynistic and homophobic”.

More: Emmanuel Macron, en marche, Europe, Europe, France, France, French government, French President Emmanuel Macron, gender, Government, insults, Politics, Women

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