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Political Correctness Runs Amok in France

You would think the French police have enough to keep them occupied without enforcing politically correct behaviour.

Have French politicians forgotten about Charlie Hebdo? In 2015, terrorists targeted the magazine simply for printing cartoons of Muhammad. In separate incidents, 17 people were killed.

In November that same year, Islamic terrorists killed 130 people in Paris. This remains the deadliest terror attack in French history.

Then there was the psychotic Tunisian. The one who drove a truck along a crowded sidewalk in Nice in July, 2016. 86 people lost their lives.

The French police acted bravely in all these attacks. Some lost their lives in the line of duty. And the crime they face on a daily basis goes far beyond these three large scale tragedies.

In the near future, however, some of their effort will be diverted to stamping out sexist behaviour. At least if President Emmanuel Macron’s government gets its way.

As the AP reports, French MPs are proposing a fine of €90 (AU$155) for anyone caught behaving in a lewd manner. That includes the dreaded ‘wolf-whistle’.

It’s all part of sweeping new laws put forward by Macron’s government. Laws aimed at reducing sexual harassment on the streets.

Five politicians submitted proposals to criminalise ‘comments, behaviour or pressure of a sexist or sexual character’.

They did not explain how this new law would be enforced. Whether the police would need to actually witness the sexist behaviour before issuing a fine. Or indeed, why such a law is needed.

France already has laws protecting women — and men — from intimidating threats or acts of sexual aggression. Asking police to enforce a law banning ‘comments of a sexist character’ is asking a lot of an agency already faced with a heavy load of real crime to combat.

And it speaks volumes of the inroads being made by the politically correct brigade across the globe.

Either way, if you find yourself in France, think twice before whistling for a cab.

Bernd Struben

Bernd Struben

Bernd Struben is the lead editor at The Australian Tribune. Bernd makes use of his extensive network to bring you the top stories you need to know about each day. Stories the mainstream may miss. Or bury somewhere you’re unlikely to ever read them. Bernd studied aerospace engineering and journalism at the University of Michigan, before graduating with a degree in economics. Over the past two decades he’s worked in media, management, and finance in the US, the Caribbean, Europe, and Australia. His other role, as the editor of the Port Phillip Insider, puts him in a unique position to read Australia’s most exclusive financial advice. Some of which he shares with readers of The Australian Tribune for free.
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  1. Bernd,

    Try ‘lewd’ instead of ‘lude’. ‘Lude’ is a nickname for quaaludes, a form of sleeping pill popular in the US in the ’70’s.
    Otherwise, interesting article.