Prominent French women ask Macron for attack plan against sexual abuse

Prominent French film-makers, authors and others have urged President Emmanuel Macron to launch an "attack plan" against sexual violence amid an upsurge in disclosures about past abuses by powerful men.

About 100 women issued an open letter to Mr Macron, and an online petition today carried in the prominent Journal du Dimanche newspaper denounced "intolerable collective denial" and said "Mr President, we are facing a grave crisis. Are you on our side?"

Mr Macron's government is working on a bill that could outlaw harassment against women in the streets and toughen rules on sexual assault.

The petition urges more aggressive action.

Signatories want the government to double subsidies for abuse hotlines and victim help centres, introduce a non-violence training programme in all middle schools and require companies to train staff on preventing sexual harassment.

- AP


More in this Section

France to deploy thousands of police for more yellow vest protests in Paris

Man arrested after being found with huge stash of chocolate

EU heaps pressure on May with attack on lack of clarity over Brexit

Man who was Stephen Lawrence murder suspect attacked in prison


Lifestyle

First he conquered Broadway, now The Boss takes on Netflix

There are a few things Daniel O'Donnell doesn't like and cars with CD players is one of them

Ask Audrey: The one thing that might impress a Cork woman is you not being septic even though you’re from Dublin

Learn a trick or two from Keith Barry on New Year's Eve

More From The Irish Examiner