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FRANCE – 102 women murdered in 2020

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The murder of women by their spouse or ex-spouse is a habit in France. In 2020, 102 women were killed, a relatively low figure compared to 2019 when 146 femicides had already been committed. In an interview with the daily Le Parisien, on Sunday 1 August 2021, the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, announced a series of measures in the direction of stopping as soon as possible this discriminatory phenomenon that installs women in psychosis and paranoia. 

Femicides are a concern for the French authorities. In 2020, 102 victims were reported to have been beaten by a spouse or ex-spouse. The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, presented figures that speak volumes about the vulnerability of women in France. For example, police and gendarmerie interventions for domestic violence are estimated at 400,000, or 45 interventions every hour. These types of violence are becoming the primary reason for police intervention in France. Of the perpetrators of these crimes, one in two are between the ages of 30 and 49 and most were unemployed at the time of the incident. The localities most affected by this scourge remain the Hauts-de-France, ahead of Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Ile-de-France.

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The causes of these conjugal acts are to be found in narcotics including alcohol. The study also reveals that one in three femicides victims is preceded by an argument and that one third of these victims had already filed a complaint for domestic violence. 

Among the measures announced by the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, this Sunday, August 1, 2021, there is the priority treatment of complaints for domestic violence, the recruitment in each police station or brigade of an officer specialized in this field, the linking of the register of owners of firearms with that of perpetrators of intra-judicial violence, and the massive recruitment of judicial police officers (25% more compared to the 17,000 in the country).

       

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