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Last Updated: Thursday, 23 March 2006, 14:56 GMT
France raises marriage age limit
Domestic violence portrayed by actors
French MPs hope the measures will help cut domestic violence
The French parliament has raised the age at which a woman can get married - from 15 to 18 - as part of a package to combat domestic violence.

The law, which aims to prevent forced marriages, makes the age limit the same as that for men.

Tougher penalties for marital rape and assault will now be extended to partners and ex-partners in general.

MPs also backed measures to counter sex tourism, child pornography and female circumcision.

It will also become an offence to confiscate travel or identity documents to prevent a partner leaving.

The law on theft is also being amended: until now it has been impossible to bring theft charges against one spouse stealing from another.


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