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Rape in France

In France, rape is illegal, marital rape is also illegal. In recent years there has been increase of rape cases in France.


  • Studies 1
  • Statistics 2
  • Gang rape 3
  • Notable offenders 4
  • See also 5
  • Further reading 6
  • References 7


Rape has been documented across French history.

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  11. ^ Gang rape trial shocks France and sparks row over justice system, Angelique Chrisafis (9 October 2012), The Guardian
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Further reading


See also

  • Gilles de Rais (1404 - 1440) - Convicted of rape, murder, he was executed.[12]
  • Pierre Chanal (1946 - 2003) - French soldier, convicted of rape and kidnapping, he received a ten-year jail sentence.[13]
  • Émile Louis (1934 - 2013) - Sentenced to life imprisonment in 2004.[14]
  • Michel Fourniret (1942 - ) - Convicted in 1987 for rape, and assault of minors.[15]
  • Joseph Vacher (1869 - 1898) - Convicted of murder, rape. Executed in December 1898.[16]
  • Roman Polanski (1933 - ) - Actor, convicted of raping a 13-year-old.[17]
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Notable offenders

In October 2012, two girls in Fontenay-sous-Bois on the outskirts of Paris reported experiencing daily gang rapes in the high-rise tower blocks, sometimes by scores of boys. One witness described 50 boys "queuing" to rape her.[11]

According to a 2014 report, about 5,000 to 7,000 of the rapes are gang rapes.[8] In the culture of the banlieues, gang-rapes are referred to as tournantes, or "pass-arounds").[9][10] One of the first people to bring public attention to the culture of gang rape was Samira Bellil, who published a book called Dans l'enfer des tournantes ("In Gang Rape Hell").[9][10]

Gang rape

According to a 2012 report, about 75,000 rapes take place each year.[5] In 2012, there were 1,293 reported rapes in a population of 66 million,[6] and 1,188 rapes in 2013 in a population of 66 million.[7]

In 1971, the rape rate stood at 2.0 per 100,000 people.[2] In 1995, it was 12.5.[3] In 2009, it stood at 16.2.[4]



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