The Resolution Reaffirming the Abolitionist Position of France

CATW December 6, 2011 France

France, EU

On December 6, 2011 a major milestone was achieved in the abolitionist movement in Europe. A Resolution was adopted by consensus and supported by all political parties, reaffirming the abolitionist position of France on prostitution. This Resolution was adopted in the context of the follow up of the report of the Commission on prostitution that proposed numerous recommendations including the adoption of a law proposal to hold the buyers of commercial sex accountable. Buyers face penalties of six months in prison and/or a fine of 3000 Euros.

The Collectif National Droit des Femmes (CNDF) is one of the major organizations working to change the law on violence against women. On November 5, each year a large-scale demonstration, including political parties, unions among others is organized in cities throughout France. For the first time in 2011, the CNDF included the criminalization of the buyers in its statement and call for demonstration. CATW was co-partner of this demonstration in Paris.