France: Wolf-whistling could become illegal under street harassment laws

Source: USA Today

“Wolf-whistling could become illegal in France, as the country’s new gender equality minister vowed to criminalize street harassment. Marlene Schiappa has set up a working party of five lawmakers who will come up with a legal definition of street harassment, and decide what punishments to impose, according to the Times of London. ‘The idea is to characterize street harassment so that the police can impose fines on men who follow women on the streets, intimidate them and harass them in public,’ Schiappa said. She is also on a mission to close France’s gender pay gap, which the government says is 25 percentage points.” (09/21/17)