A FRENCH man, 29, accused of sexually abusing an year-old girl has done nothing wrong because "she is not a child", according to his defence lawyers. The case has sparked fresh fury over France's controversial age of consent laws, which put no age restriction on consenting to a sexual relationship. Many were outraged when the prosecutors office in Pontoise, a suburb of Paris, put the unnamed man on trial for "sexual abuse of a minor under 15" instead of rape on Tuesday. The defendant's lawyers claim the girl knew what she was doing and consented to the sex. But the girl's legal team have said she was simply too young and confused to resist. So she is not a child.
Male, female: they're everywhere. Did he experience something similar in the year it took him to write the book? I mean have you ever had a good long look at the Place de la Concorde - or the Eiffel Tower? With his windswept salt 'n' pepper hair, black biker jacket and worn jeans, Brenot - the author of more than 40 books, including the bestseller In Praise of Masturbation - looks like the anthropological rock star that he is over here. And it's clear to anyone who reads The Story of Sex t hat both he and his beautiful year-old illustrator, Laetitia Coryn, have a healthy sense of humour besides. But whatever the curious side-effects of reading the book, their intention in writing it was not lubricious. There is basically no sex education given in schools, because learning how a man and a woman make children is not sex education but biology.
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I n France men are addressed as Monsieur and women as Madame or Mademoiselle. While a Monsieur is a monsieur no matter what, a Madame is a married woman and a Mademoiselle an unmarried woman. This week a circular from the prime minister instructed government offices "to avoid using any distinction of this nature … 'Madame' is to replace 'Mademoiselle' as the equivalent of 'Monsieur' for men, which gives no indication of their marital status".