French president to launch 'cultural war' on sexual abuse

By Angelique Chrisafis, November 24, 2017, The Guardian

Emmanuel Macron to set out emergency plan aimed at educating public and pupils, and improving police system for victims

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, is to launch a “cultural war” against sexism and sexual violence with a five-year emergency plan including educating secondary school children about pornography and simplifying the system for rape and assault victims to go to the police.

When Macron won the presidential election in May, his centrist movement promised not only to overhaul the existing political party system, but to rethink sexual politics and gender equality – a campaign issue that Elysée officials said “pre-dated” the scandal surrounding abuse allegations against the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and others.

French feminist groups, however, have warned that Macron’s plans – to be set out in a speech on Saturday, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – must include  . . . 

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