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IN VIDEOS: Naughtiest French TV commercials

We've put together a video gallery of some of the steamiest French TV ads, many of which ended up being banned either in France or the UK, including that infamous one involving a Perrier bottle from the 1970s.

IN VIDEOS: Naughtiest French TV commercials
The naughtiest French TV commercials over the years.

The French are known for being liberal when it comes to sex – so it's perhaps no surprise that their TV commercials are often centred on this theme.

But over the years advertising agencies have pushed the boundaries of what's deemed acceptable and what isn't, both in France and abroad. 

It's perhaps not a surprise that some of the more raunchy adverts proved just too hot for UK advertising authorities and even their French counterparts. Others on this list came under fire from women's rights groups, who found them offensive and demeaning. 

We've scoured the web to find a selection of the steamiest French TV commercials over the years, including that one with the Perrier bottle.

IN VIDEOS: France's raunchiest TV commercials

Are there any famous ones we've missed? If so let us know in the comments section below.

by Simone Flückiger

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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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