French marriage age now same for men, women

24th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 23, 2006 (AFP) - France on Thursday brought to an end a 200-year-old anomaly by bringing the minimum age at which women can marry in line with men at 18 as part of a law to combat domestic violence.

PARIS, March 23, 2006 (AFP) - France on Thursday brought to an end a 200-year-old anomaly by bringing the minimum age at which women can marry in line with men at 18 as part of a law to combat domestic violence.

Since the 1804 civil code was drawn up by Napoleon, girls have been able to marry at 15, but the increase was introduced as a measure against forced marriages.

The law, which passed its final vote in the National Assembly Thursday, also increases the penalty for violence committed between partners and makes it easier to issue banning orders to keep offenders from the family home.

It also makes it an offense to carry out sexual mutilation abroad on girls normally resident in France.

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Subject: French news

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