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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2015 3:46 am 
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Paris loses out in rankings for sexy singles
6 May 2015

The most attractive single people in France are not actually in gay Paris, (as the myths and Parisians would have you believe) but Lyon.

Or at least that's according to a new survey which also ranked where the least attractive single people in the country are.

If you thought the best-looking singles were in Paris then think again. In fact, Parisians were ranked only as the 20th best-looking single people in France, according to research by French dating website Elite Rencontre based on the opinions of almost 200,000 of its members.

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The southern half of the country proved to be the real home of good looking singles, boasting first-placed Lyon, second-placed Nice, and Montpellier in third. The south also laid claim to three other top-ten cities - Aix-En Provence, Bordeaux and Toulouse (see map below). Other notable lookers were from Lille, Metz, Strasbourg and Nantes.

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So could it be that those from the sunnier side of France are just better looking? Perhaps not - southern towns Perpignan and Nimes were both in the bottom ten too. And it was really bad news for anyone single in Limoges, in France's south west. Daters ranked them as the least attractive in the whole country, followed by Le Mans and Le Havre, both in the north west.

Source: The Local France.

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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 7:30 pm 
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Sex-change sterilization slammed as 'degrading'
12 May 2015

France scores well on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights in a new review, but a spokesman for campaign group ILGA-Europe slammed a "degrading" sterilization requirement for gender reassignment.

After looking at how well 48 different nations ranked on issues such as marriage equality, employment, adoption and medical treatment, the ILGA (European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) gave France a score of 65 percent on its annual Rainbow Map. This put France in 11th place globally, three places lower than last year, in an index topped by the United Kingdom, Belgium and Malta.

ILGA-Europe spokesman Juris Lavrikovs told The Local that France had slipped in the rankings after the group expanded what it took into account when compiling the index, including treatment of intersex people.
"In terms of our requirements, we see that France still does not have sex orientation referred to in the constitution. France does not prohibit against discrimination in other areas of life other than employment. Intersex people in France are not protected at all."

The biggest blot on France's copybook, according to ILGA's Lavrikovs, was that "people are still required to be medically and psychologically diagnosed to proceed in gender reassignment." "The most degrading thing which we are appalled by is that sterilization is still required to proceed with gender reassignment. In France, there is still much much more to do."

Strong performers this year included Sweden, which jumped from seventh to fourth, Croatia, which rose six places to fifth, Luxembourg, which climbed ten spots to 18th, and Georgia, which soared to 22nd from a lowly 31st placing in 2014.

In its France review, ILGA said:

"While acceptance remained high overall, homophobic and transphobic voices – cultural, political, religious – became louder and more assertive. As anti-equality groups and politicians (right-wing and far-right) continued efforts to undermine equal marriage and adoption rights acquired in 2013, the government shied away from further LGBT-friendly reforms. Positively, local, national, and European courts delivered several rulings affirming family rights. But lesbian couples remained barred from using medically assisted procreation despite earlier governmental promises, and legal gender recognition remained fraught with serious obstacles. The Ministry of Education also failed to take resolute action against discrimination in schools."

At the bottom of the list, Azerbaijan sank below Russia, which in turn trailed Armenia. "We witnessed several countries making historic strides, while others have stalled in terms of their equality development,” commented Paulo Côrte-Real, co-chairman of ILGA-Europe’s executive board. “The vital ingredient, present in so many of the countries who have climbed in our Rainbow Map rankings, was unshakable leadership from political figures and activist leaders, often in challenging contexts.”

Meanwhile Estonia became the first former USSR country to officially recognise same sex unions by passing an historic cohabitation act and future marriage equality was approved in Finland and enacted in England, Wales and Scotland, the report noted.

Joyce Hamilton, co-chairwoman of ILGA-Europe’s executive board said: “Homophobic and transphobic violence, hate speech and discrimination continue to be an everyday occurrence for some of our LGBTI neighbours. Let’s hope that 2015 will bring more examples similar to Malta and Estonia. Now more than ever, Europe needs political leaders to work with and for LGBTI people in Europe".

Source: The Local France.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 7:27 pm 
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French court in landmark 'neutral' intersex ruling
14 October 2015

Paris - A French court has set a European precedent by granting a 64-year-old the right to write 'gender neutral" on official forms. upholding the right of an intersex person to be identified as 'neutral' in the civil register, media reported Wednesday.

The ruling, dating to August 20, represents the first time a European court has recognised the right of an individual to go beyond the binary definition of male and female. The judges in Tours ruled in favour of a 64-year-old who was born with a "rudimentary vagina" and "micropenis" and without testes. Some 1.7 per cent of newborns have this condition, but doctors normally operate straight after birth to remove one or the other external genitalia and pronounce the person a girl or a boy.

The child was registered as male at birth, but during adolescence he realised he wasn't a boy. "I had no beard, my muscles didn't develop; at the same time, it was impossible to think I could become a woman," the person told 20 Minutes. "I only had to look in the mirror to understand this."

In the August 20 ruling, which came to public light on Wednesday, the court concluded that his gender was “pure fiction”. "It was imposed upon him for his entire existence without him ever being able to express his deepest feelings," it said. The court ruled that by virtue of the person’s “right to private life, the birth certificate of Monsieur X, which for the past 65 years has attributed to him a masculine gender, should be rectified and now include a ‘neutral status’”.

The Tours authorities will now have to modify the birth certificate as a result of the ruling. "It is not a matter of recognising the existence of a 'third sex' but of acknowledging the impossibility of defining the interested party as this or that sex," the judges said in their ruling.

Since 2011, people born intersex can have a neutral status on birth certifications in France, but only temporarily while a decision is made on their gender. According to his lawyer, only two other countries in the world have come to similar conclusions. In Australia, a person obtained a non-specific gender status, and in Nepal, a “third sex” is recognised. In France transexual people, who have irreversibly changed sex, are allowed to accordingly change their gender status on forms.

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Sex workers protest in Paris against penalising clients
8 April 2017

Paris (AFP) -- Sex workers protested in central Paris on Saturday, marking the first anniversary of a French law which made it illegal for their clients to pay for sex.

The protesters, mostly young women but including some men, held up banners saying "Stop the fines, our aggressors, AIDS, repression and hypocrisy not our clients". The law, which can see fines of up to 3,750 euros imposed, was an attempt to criminalise customers rather than sex workers. Many of the demonstrators wore white masks or make-up and carried placards which read "Sexwork is work".

The march began in the Place Pigalle, in an area long-known for prostitution, with participants chanting slogans including "clients penalised, whores murdered". Prostitution is legal in France, though soliciting or running a brothel are not.

The law criminalising the clients of sex workers has led to a reduction in the numbers seeking prostitutes, especially on the streets, Tim Leicester of the Doctors of the World group told AFP. However "fewer clients say less income, difficulties in choosing clients, which means more unprotected sex and more acts of violence, " he added, dubbing the law ""a failure."

All European countries penalise pimping, but on April 6, 2016 France joined a group of countries, including Britain and Sweden which punish the clients of prostitutes. Sweden in 1999 became the first country in the world to make it illegal to pay for sex, in a bid to lower demand.

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Paris opens its first-ever naked restaurant
By Sarah Young
4 November 2017

A country known for its laissez-faire attitude to nudity, France already boasts stacks of beaches, campsites and pools that can be enjoyed in the nude.

But now, Paris has opened its first-ever naked restaurant where diners can bare all while tucking in to dinner, Le Parisien reports. Aptly named O’naturel, the restaurant opened to the public on Friday after a successful private dinner reserved exclusively for the Paris Naturist Association on Thursday. “Tonight, we only had the members of the Paris Naturist Association,” Managers Mike and Stephane Saada told Le Parisien. “They’ve supported us from the beginning, and we reserved our first soirée for them.” The pair added that the members were delighted with the experience and it seems they’re not the only ones.

Intrigued at first, the neighbourhood’s residents seem perfectly at ease with the launch of the restaurant, which can be found on rue de Gravelle in the 12th arrondissement. “It doesn’t bother me at all, or my neighbours,” a man called Mehdi told the newspaper. “We don’t see anything from the street. We know what’s happening. It’s not a massage parlour.”

A dinner at the restaurant, which seats 40, offers diners a meal that costs around €30 (£26), after they are asked to leave all their clothes in a wardrobe before entering. And, while it remains to be seen whether Parisians will warm to the idea of naked dining specifically, with more than 2.6 million people in France making nudism a regular habit, it’s certainly a scene that’s positively booming.

In fact, the city already boasts one public pool where people can swim in the buff up to three times a week, as well as around 460 areas including camping sites and beaches.

Source: Independent UK

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France eyes setting age for sexual consent; 13 suggested
By ANGELA CHARLTON and PHILIPPE SOTTO
13 November 2017

PARIS (AP) -- A bill being prepared by the French government could set a minimum legal age for sexual consent for the first time, and the country's justice minister said Monday that she thinks 13 years old could be a reasonable age.

Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet told France's RTL radio network that age 13 was a "limit that is worth considering" for the upcoming legislation, but noted that judges should also have the ability to assess whether someone was old enough to give consent in individual situations. "The question of the age below which the minor's consent is presumed not to exist is crucial, because there are obviously extremely shocking and unacceptable situations," Belloubet said.

One of her colleagues in the French government has said that a minimum age for sexual consent has not been set for the bill. Marlene Schiappa, a junior minister for gender equality, said Sunday that the cutoff could be between the ages of 13 and 15. "Below a certain age, it is considered that there can be no debate on the sexual consent of a child, and that any child below a certain age would automatically be considered to be raped or sexually assaulted," Schiappa said on BFM TV.

Two recent court cases have heightened the debate over who is old enough to consent to sex under French law. A jury last week acquitted a 30-year-old man who was accused of raping an 11-year-old girl in 2009, French media reported. The jury in the Paris suburb region of Seine-et-Marne found that while there had been a sexual relationship between the girl and the man, it did not constitute rape according to the legal definition of the crime in France. The girl's parents reportedly found out about what had happened when their daughter became pregnant.

French media also have reported that the prosecutor's office in the city of Pontoise near Paris decided in September that a 28-year-old man suspected of having sex with an 11-year-old girl should be tried for sexual abuse instead of rape because of how French law defines rape. French law defines rape as any act of sexual penetration committed on others "by violence, coercion, threat or surprise." The definition does not distinguish between adults and minors for either the victims or perpetrators, although the potential criminal penalty is higher when victims are under 15.

A minimum age of sexual consent does not currently exist in French law. The law only says that an adult who performs a sexual act with a person under the age of 15 "without violence, coercion, threat or surprise" can be prosecuted for "sexual abuse," not rape. In both of the recent cases, investigators reportedly found that the sexual relationships did not involve surprise, threat, coercion or violence.

Sexual abuse without coercion is an offense punishable of a maximum sentence of five years in prison. A rape conviction carries a maximum prison sentence of 15 years, or 20 years when the victim is under 15 years old.

Earlier Monday, French police said they have seen a rise in reports of sexual violence and harassment amid the growing global fallout from the accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. An official with the French national gendarme service said it had registered 30 percent more complaints this year so far than last year, notably in October. The official wasn't authorized to be publicly named.

The gendarme service oversees security outside urban areas. Figures for cities weren't immediately available, but the gendarme data come as French women are increasingly speaking out online about past sexual abuse following U.S. revelations.

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French nudists get cheeky with theme park and museum outings
29 June 2018

PARIS (AFP) - After a nude yoga class in a Paris park and a "no clothes day" at the city's trendiest art museum, hundreds of naturists are due to descend on a theme park near the French capital Sunday for a spot of trampolining.

France may be the world's top destination for naturist tourism -- with up to four million people holidaying "au naturel" every year -- but up until recently, French nudists have been rather more coy about shedding their clothes in the city. "We used to think it better not to show ourselves too much," said Cedric Amato, of the Paris naturism group ANP, which claims that the capital and its suburbs are home to as many as 88,000 nudists.

But all that is changing now. Naturists are actively promoting a summer nudist zone, opened last year, in Paris' biggest park, the Bois de Vincennes. And there is no hiding their naked ambition to make further inroads.

A nudist restaurant, O'Naturel -- a play on the French phrase for naked -- has opened its doors in the east of the city where club nights are also held. Paris has seen its first stand-up nudist comedy show too, in which both the audience and performer went without clothes. French naturists have also crossed the Rubicon of bare-bottomed bowling.

But what made headlines around the world earlier this month was when 30,000 people applied for a nude visit to the Palais de Tokyo art museum in the city -- even though there were only 161 places available. Amato said its huge success might spark visits to other Paris landmarks and museums, like the Louvre or the Pompidou Centre, which house some of the most famous nudes in the world. "Not only did it fulfill the needs of our members to practice naturism in the city, it got the message out," Amato told AFP, with hipster types strolling through the galleries helping to change naturism's rather dated older image.

Purists, however, prefer to strip off in a more natural and less urban setting. Even so, the large new nudist area created in the woods of Vincennes has not pleased everyone. Neighbouring suburban councils controlled by France's right-wing parties opposed the plans, which were pushed through by the Socialist mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, and her Green allies. "The area is screened off with trees so it is not imposing on anyone," Amato said, arguing that other major European cities like Berlin, London, Stockholm and Munich have long had official areas reserved for nudists.

Johnny, 70, one of the nudists enjoying the summer sun in the newly created forest glade, hailed its creation. "It's great. We no longer have to do this secretly or be clandestine anymore and it allows us to show that there is nothing untoward happening." He insisted that naturism was a great way of meeting people since social barriers disappear. "No one is judging you by what you wear. No one is wearing a flashy Hugo Boss, or looking down on you for wearing Zara," he added.

On the rather fresh day AFP visited the clearing, only 50 nudists -- mostly men -- were enjoying the weak sunshine. But organisers said that on warm days from April to October, up to 500 people descend on the spot to picnic or sunbathe. This month, nudists organised a mass yoga class there, doing their sun salutations and downward-facing dog poses together, while on Sunday hundreds are due to visit the Aventure Land theme park near Paris.

Johnny, however, has no time for such innovations. He much prefers strolling in a sylvan setting far from urban fripperies, and a man standing nearby criticised the ANP for organising the much-publicised art gallery visit. "It is very snobbish and typically Parisian thing to do. I don't see why anyone would want to do that," he added.

Despite the bids to renew its image, old taboos about nudism are still difficult to shift. A gay couple admitted they would never come out to work colleagues about being naturists, and said that they only found out about the nudist area in the woods because colleagues at work were joking about it. They said the area was very "gay friendly", though a neighbouring female nudist worried about peeping Toms sheltered behind three umbrellas.

Even so, Nadia Sabah rejoiced in her new-found freedom. "I started taking my clothes off in the woods here 10 years ago but the police would come and reprimand me," she added. Women tend to be a minority in the naturist community, Amato admitted, but he said the number of female members of his group has recently exploded, from three to 70.

Source: AFP

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