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France is introducing on-the-spot fines for sexual harassment

People accused of harassment will be expected to pay up straight away, with repeat offenders charged up to €3,000

France is introducing on-the-spot fines for sexual harassment of €90 – €750 (£60-670).

What it means: French president Emmanuel Macron says this is about women not being 'afraid to be outside'. The fee is one of a series of measures relating to sexual harassment, consent, and rape.

Anyone who makes sexual or sexist comments on the street or on public transport, or engages in any kind of behaviour which could be seen as degrading, humiliating, intimidating, hostile, or offensive, could get you fined (though people have been questioning how easy it will be to enforce).

The amount is set in the hope that it's high enough to scare people from behaving in this way, but not so high that they couldn't pay you straight away if they were caught (otherwise it would become even more difficult to enforce).

Taking pictures or videos under someone's clothes without their consent – known as 'upskirting' – could be punishable by a year in prison and a €15,000 fine (£13,330).

The idea is backed by 90% of the French public. A YouGov poll shows that 65% of Brits back a similar measure coming into place here in the UK, rising to 73% among 18 to 24 year olds.

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