Do French Judges Get To Drink At Work?

I’ve been forwarded this story by about a dozen people…
“A French man was ordered by a judge to pay his ex-wife nearly $12,000 in damages for not  having enough sex with her during their marriage, the U.K. Telegraph reported Monday.
The man, identified only as “Jean-Louis B.” in press accounts, was fined under article 215 of France’s civil code, which orders married couples to agree to a “shared communal life,” according to the newspaper. A judge reportedly ruled that the code implies that “sexual relations must form part of a marriage.”
The 47-year-old woman in the case filed for divorce two years ago, claiming that lack of sex with her 51-year-old husband was to blame for the split, the newspaper reports. After a judge granted the couple a divorce, the woman took her ex-husband back to court and demanded compensation for “lack of sex over 21 years of marriage.”
A judge in southern France ruled in the woman’s favor, according to the newspaper, saying, “A sexual relationship between husband and wife is the expression of affection they have for each other, and in this case it was absent … By getting married, couples agree to sharing their life and this clearly implies they will have sex with each other.”
My thoughts…
I think Remi Gaillard snuck into a court room and pulled off another stunt…

Oh and the title of post is a semi-serious question. I mean riot police in France could drink on the job…

Comments

  1. If only this set a precedent, men would be able to rake in the money. Too bad it wasn't the United States.

  2. The MacNut says:

    HA! US women would FREAK if this set any kind of precedent in the US-'cause a lot of them would have to pony up. Of course, quite a few men would have to as well, but men pony up in divorce anyway, so what's a little extra on top of alimony, child support, half their income and other assets…

  3. Looking Glass says:

    From the news reports of the actual finding, the judge does seem on pretty solid ground, as far as his reasoning went.

    But this could turn out to be really hilarious as a precedent. I foresee follow up cases.

  4. REMI!

  5. I thought you were asking the title question to say that if the French also get to drink on the job (in addition to legislated marital sex) that you might move there.

  6. Obviously France does not have no fault divorce.

    This is a horrible precedence. If sex was so important to the woman maybe she should have gotten divorced sooner.

  7. TrophyWife says:

    I have to wonder if the judge would have ruled in the same way if the situation had been reversed, and if it had been the woman who hadn't been putting out. I doubt it.

    For some reason, we think it's ok for a woman to be sexually disinterested in her husband, but it's not ok for a husband to be sexually disinterested in his wife. Horrible double standard.

    But I agree with above poster. Frankly, once one of the two partners stops wanting any sex at all, then it's time for the one who's still breathing to go find a real life with someone else. I certainly wouldn't stick around with a man like that for 20 years.

  8. "For some reason, we think it's ok for a woman to be sexually disinterested in her husband, but it's not ok for a husband to be sexually disinterested in his wife. Horrible double standard."

    Because "nice" women don't really like sex and aren't interested in it – except to snag a husband, then they can abandon all pretense. They have to be "gamed" into complying sexually, you know! And of course, all men are crazed horndogs who never turn down any sexual offers.

    Too bad this nonsense isn't actually true. The virgin-whore complex will never die; we will always be screwed up about sexuality in this country.

    "Horrible double standard?" You bet!

  9. "…Because "nice" women don't really like sex and aren't interested in it – except to snag a husband, then they can abandon all pretense. They have to be "gamed" into complying sexually, you know! And of course, all men are crazed horndogs who never turn down any sexual offers…"

    This, of course is a stereotype. The thing about stereotypes is they aren't universally true. HOWEVER, there is more than enough truth in this for what Athol has written here to be applicable in a great many cases. All women don't have to be "gamed". The idea that they all do is total garbage, and probably a result of psychological inadequacy on the part of the person who believes this. But I'd taker a bet that enough women DO need gaming to make Athol's work worth the time to read it.

    "…The virgin-whore complex will never die; we will always be screwed up about sexuality in this country…"
    Well what you you expect living in a place where the founders got run out of ENGLAND (of all places!) for being too miserable and humourless?!

  10. Has anyone ever read any Robert Heinlein? The stereotype virgin-whore thing is so archaic. Our country and laws are fashioned under the Christian-Judea beliefs and values this is why we have a lot of conflicting good girl bad girl attitudes. Somewhere a long the line I think St Augustine was the culprit, it was decided that sex was only for procreation not recreation. I think this is where the whole idea if you like sex and you are a woman you are a whore comes from.

    Back to Heinlein, he writes about women who are women, and not afraid of their sexuality. The most beautiful love story in the world was incorporated into his book, “Time Enough for Love.” In his tale of “The Adopted Daughter” you are given a glimpse of what true womanhood and love is about. Alton, Heinlein is a very Alpha male, so do not get your feathers up.

    It is our job to change things and it is not by suing your x for lack of sex. That is so absurd. Where will this end? Do you sue if you give oral sex and he doesn’t? Do you sue if you never reached orgasm because he was the type of lover that had; “You’re going love this didn’t you sex.” And it wasn’t enough for you?

  11. She spent 21 years trying to screw him… and she finally found a way.

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