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Man ‘severed love rival’s penis with razorblade’

A Frenchman goes on trial Thursday for cutting his girlfriend's lover's penis off and flushing it down the toilet.

Man 'severed love rival's penis with razorblade'
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Blaise Fragione, 38, admits that in October 2008 he knocked out the victim, named only as “F.”, with a blow to the head, severed most of his penis with a razorblade and threw it down the toilet.

Fragione says that he “lost it” after F. came to tell him he was having a relationship with “Mado”, his partner of 14 years and mother of his two children.

“The sudden revelation of this adultery made him lose control,” said Fragione’s lawyer, Marc Ceccaldi. “He is well aware that he caused a significant trauma.”

Fragione faces up to 15 years in prison if found guilty of “aggravated assault accompanied by mutilation”.

The victim maintains that Fragione forced him to go to his home, where he tied him up and mutilated him.

F. is “extremely fragile… his life has been completely destroyed,” said his lawyer, Jorge Mendes Constante.

The shortening of his penis to three centimetres (just over an inch) when flaccid and five centimetres when erect had resulted in “a deterioration of his self-perception, affecting his social, interpersonal and sex life.”

The victim is awaiting surgical reconstruction.

His former lover has returned to her original partner, whom she now plans to marry.

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France taken to European Court over divorce ruling that woman had ‘marital duty’ to have sex with husband

A case has been brought against France at the European Court of Human Rights by a woman who lost a divorce case after judges ruled against her because she refused to have sex with her husband.

France taken to European Court over divorce ruling that woman had 'marital duty' to have sex with husband
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The woman, who has not been named, has brought the case with the backing of two French feminist groups, arguing that the French court ruling contravened human rights legislation by “interference in private life” and “violation of physical integrity”.

It comes after a ruling in the Appeals Court in Versailles which pronounced a fault divorce in 2019 because of her refusal to have sex with her husband.

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The court ruled that the facts of the case “established by the admission of the wife, constitute a serious and renewed violation of the duties and obligations of marriage making intolerable the maintenance of a shared life”.

Feminist groups Fondation des femmes (Women’s Foundation) and Collectif fĂ©ministe contre le viol (Feminist Collective against Rape) have backed her appeal, deploring the fact that French justice “continues to impose the marital duty” and “thus denying the right of women to consent or not to sexual relations”.

“Marriage is not and should not be a sexual servitude,” the joint statement says, pointing out that in 47 percent of the 94,000 recorded rapes and attempted rapes per year, the aggressor is the spouse or ex-spouse of the victim.

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