France gets tough on repeat sex offenders

25th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 24, 2006 (AFP) - The French government on Wednesday outlined a four-point plan to fight recidivism among sex offenders, after two children were murdered and one of them raped in crimes that shocked the country.

PARIS, May 24, 2006 (AFP) - The French government on Wednesday outlined a four-point plan to fight recidivism among sex offenders, after two children were murdered and one of them raped in crimes that shocked the country.

"We cannot allow monsters to remain at large, without forcing them to follow treatment," said Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, who presented the plan jointly with Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin.

Under a government bill to be put before parliament in the coming weeks, convicted sex offenders would have to submit to a compulsory medical programme, both in prison and after their release.

Specialised medical centres would be set up across the country to provide the treatment, Villepin said.

Offenders would have to report to a police station once a month, instead of every six months, and sex offences would remain on their criminal record "for long enough to ensure those concerned have been cured and reintegrated".

The prime minister said electronic bracelets for recidivist sex offenders -- a controversial measure approved by parliament in December -- would also be in place by the end of the year.

France set up a national register of sex offenders in 2005, which currently counts 30,000 names.

Early this month, a five-year-old girl was kidnapped and murdered in southern France while a four-year-old boy was abducted during a village festival in central France, raped and killed. A 56-year-old repeat sex offender has been charged with his murder.

Following the crimes, far-right leaders called for the reintroduction of the death penalty, which France abolished in 1981.

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Subject: French news

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