A fifth of French people say they have secretly checked the mobile phone or computer of their partner to see if they were cheating. 

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One in five French ‘spy on their partner’

A fifth of French people say they have secretly checked the mobile phone or computer of their partner to see if they were cheating. 

One in five French women admits they have secretly taken a sneak peek at the mails, texts or facebook accounts of their boyfriends or husbands.

But only 16 percent of French men have admitted to spying on their spouses, according to a poll for web portal Yahoo.

Libération writes that these differences might show that women feel more insecure, men more confident, or that it simply reveals women aren’t afraid to admit that they monitor their boyfriend or husband.

Only 15 percent of those who spy on their partner say they have done so repeatedly, 24 percent say they have done it once.

The poll also shows that older couples trust each other more than younger couples.

More than half the interviewees aged 15 to 25 years say they violate their partner’s privacy to find out whether he or she is faithful. However, couples over the age of 50 say spying on one’s partner is the worst them one can do.

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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 féministe 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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