Half of all women in France wear trousers on public transport to avoid harassment.
Half of all women in France wear trousers on public transport to avoid harassment. Pixabay

France to ban 'upskirting' after wave of phone voyeurism

FRANCE is to ban 'upskirting', inspired by Britain's proposed law against taking photos under women's skirts or dresses without their permission, and similar legislation in Canada and Belgium.

A bill on sexual violence and street harassment has been amended to make "filming improper images" a criminal offence punishable by a maximum of two years in prison and a fine of nearly £27,000.

Senators passed the amendments by a large majority after it emerged that 'upskirting' was becoming increasingly common in France, especially on trains and buses.

Many women have complained on social networks of attempts to film -under their skirts. Some said they had called police but no action was taken against the culprits, many of whom are believed to have posted their footage online.

One victim posted on Twitter: "Urgent please: A guy filmed under my skirt in a shopping centre. We called the police. Can you tell me what I can do?"

Marion, 29, said a man had tried to film her in the Paris Métro.

"He was -sitting opposite me and I saw him -trying to film under my skirt with his -mobile phone. I raised my voice and told him to stop... He did... muttering and staying calmly in his seat."

According to a survey, half of all women in France wear trousers on public transport to avoid harassment.

Some say they have taken to wearing shorts under their skirts to defend themselves against 'upskirting'.

One woman, Adèle, told Le Parisien that she had grabbed and broken the phone of a man who filmed her on the Métro.


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