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France has traditionally been fairly tolerant in matters of private morality including homosexuality and this is reflected in the country's progressive legislation.


Sodomy and age of consent laws

Before the French revolution, sodomy was a serious crime handled by the religious courts. The first French Revolution abolished the religious courts and the subsequent criminal code of 1791 made no mention of sexual relations between consenting adults in private. This libertarian policy on private sexual conduct was kept in the Napoleonic Code of 1810 and remained unchanged until World War II under the (Vichy regime) when an age of consent for homosexuality was raised to 21, while the age for heterosexuality remained at 13. In 1945 the age of consent for heterosexuality was raised to 15. In 1974 the age of consent for homosexuality was lowered to 18, and in 1982 the age of consent for homosexuals and heterosexuals conduct was equalized at fifteen. François Elluin, Sodomites provoking the wrath of God, from Le pot pourri de Loth (1781). ... The French Revolution (1789–1815) was a period of political and social upheaval in the political history of France and Europe as a whole, during which the French governmental structure, previously an absolute monarchy with feudal privileges for the aristocracy and Catholic clergy, underwent radical change to forms based on... 1791 (MDCCXCI) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 11-day-slower Julian calendar). ... See also Libertarianism and Libertarian Party Libertarian,is a term for person who has made a conscious and principled commitment, evidenced by a statement or Pledge, to forswear violating others rights and usually living in voluntary communities: thus in law no longer subject to government supervision. ... First page of the 1804 original edition The Napoleonic Code, or Code Napoléon (originally called the Code civil des Français) was the French civil code, established at the behest of Napoléon I. It was drafted rapidly by a commission of four eminent jurists and entered into force... 1810 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Vichy France (French: now called Régime de Vichy or Vichy; called itself at the time État Français, or French State) was the French state of 1940-1944 which was a puppet government under Nazi influence, as opposed to the Free French Forces, based first in London and later... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Anti-discrimination laws

Any discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in employment or service, public or private, has been prohibited since 1985. Gay and lesbian people are free to serve in the Armed Forces.

Hate crime laws

In December 2004, the National Assembly approved legislation which made homophobic or sexist comments illegal. The maximum penalty of a €45,000 fine and/or 12 months imprisonment has been criticized by civil liberty groups such as Reporters Without Borders as a serious infringement on free speech. But the conservative government of President Jacques Chirac pointed to a rise in anti-gay violence as justification for the measure. Ironically, an MP in Chirac's own UMP party, Christian Vanneste, became the first person to be convicted under the law in January 2006. Civil liberties are protections from the power of governments. ... Reporters Without Borders, or RWB (French: Reporters sans frontières, Spanish: Reporteros Sin Fronteras, or RSF) is a French origin international non-governmental organization that advocates freedom of the press, founded by its current general-secretary, Robert Menard. ... Jacques René Chirac (born November 29, 1932) has served as the Gaullist President of France since he was first elected in 1995. ... Christian Vanneste Christian Vanneste (born July 14, 1947 in Tourcoing), is a French politician. ...

Recognition of same sex couples

Civil Solidarity Pacts (PACS), a form of registered domestic partnership, were enacted in 1999 for both same-sex and unmarried opposite-sex couples. Couples who enter into a PACS contract are afforded most of the legal protections and responsibilities of marriage. Unlike married couples, they are not allowed to file joint tax returns until after 3 years, even though this is repealed as of 2005, and joint tax returns can be filed immediately. The right to joint adoption and artificial insemination are also denied to PACS partners, even though there are proposal to extent PACS rights and make them more similar to marriage. In France, a pacte civil de solidarité (English: civil pact of solidarity) commonly known as a PACS /paks/, is a form of civil union between two adults (same-sex or opposite-sex) for organising their joint life. ... A domestic partnership (known as Pairage) is a legal or personal relationship between individuals who live together and share a common domestic life but are not joined in a traditional marriage or a civil union. ...

Public opinion

There are large gay and lesbian communities in the cities, particularly in the Paris metropolitan area. Although homosexuality is perhaps not as well tolerated in France as in Spain, Scandinavia, and the Benelux nations, surveys of the French public reveal a considerable shift in attitudes comparable to other Western European nations. As of 2001, 55% of the French consider homosexuality "an acceptable lifestyle."[1] The current mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, is gay. City flag City coat of arms Motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur (Latin: Tossed by the waves, she does not sink) Paris Eiffel tower as seen from the esplanade du Trocadéro. ... Scandinavia is a historical and geographical region centered on the Scandinavian Peninsula in Northern Europe and includes the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. ... Satellite image of the Benelux countries Belgium Netherlands Luxembourg Benelux Benelux (or Bénélux) is an economic union in Western Europe comprising three neighbouring monarchies, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. ... Bertrand Delanoë Bertrand Delanoë (born May 30, 1950) ( ) is a French politician, and has been the mayor of Paris since 2001. ...

In 2006, an Ipsos survey shows that 62% support same-sex marriage, while 37% were opposed. 55% believed gay and lesbian couples should not have parenting rights, while 44% believe same-sex couples should be able to adopt.[2] For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...

See also

  • Same-sex marriage in France

Same-sex marriage is not legal in France. ...


  1. ^ http://www.ambafrance-us.org/atoz/pacs.asp
  2. ^ http://www.365gay.com/Newscon06/12/121406france.htm

External links

  • "Le Marais: The Indifferent Ghetto." Article about the gay neighborhood, Le Marais, in Paris.
  • "Alors, are we 'queer'yet." Article about the reception of the word queer in France.



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