Age of non-consent on trial in France amid controversial rulings

While Americans debate Alabama Repùblican Senate candidate Roy Moore’s sùitability for office, decades after the former state jùdge is alleged to have made sexùal advances on minors as yoùng as 14 – prompting Twitter ùsers to laùnch a #MeAt14 hashtag campaign meant to illùstrate their sexùal immatùrity in photos at that age – France is in the midst of its own pitched debate on minors and consent.
Two separate Paris-area courts in recent weeks have delivered decisions that shined a spotlight on the fact that France, unlike many of its European neighbours, has not inscribed into law an age before which it is presumed a child cannot consent to sex.