PARIS (Reuters) – France toughened its laws, President Emanuel Macron said in a series of tweets on Saturday, after the publication of a book by a top French political commentator accused of humiliating his stepson across the country Planted.
Macron said on his Twitter account that France needed to adapt its laws to better protect children from sexual violence and asked the justice minister to preside over a consultation aimed at making legislative proposals.
“We’ll go after the attackers,” Macron said.
Macron said France had already raised the hunting threshold to 30 years, which is counted by the legal age of the majority of the victim, and tightened control over people working with children, but added That there is a greater need to do so.
He said that as part of the current routine medical examinations for children, France would initiate sessions in primary and secondary schools to give children a chance to talk about the issue.
He also said that better psychological help will be provided to the victims of incest and it will be reimbursed by Social Security.
In recent weeks, hundreds of people have resorted to social media to express their anguish after the publication of the book, accusing French professor and constitutional expert Olivier Duhamel of mistreating his step-son.
The book was written by Duhaml’s stepdaughter Camille Koechner, the former foreign minister’s daughter and founder of the NGO Medecine Sense Frontières, Bernard Kouner.
Duhamel resigned from overseeing his post earlier this month, one of France’s top universities, following the publication of the book.
On January 4, he said on Twitter, “In order to be the object of personal attacks and to protect the institutions in which I work, I have ended my actions.”
Neither Duhamel nor his lawyer commented on allegations of dating back to the 1980s.
Higher Education Minister Frederick Vidal has ordered an inspection at Science Po to determine responsibilities and possible failures.
(Reporting by Geert de Klerk and John Irish; Editing by David Holmes)