Fifty Shades of Grey OK for French 12-year-olds

The erotic blockbuster film Fifty Shades of Grey has been given the second lowest classification rating in France, meaning children as young as 12 can enjoy the show.

When it comes to head-turning sexual romps in France, most people are focusing on the pimping trial of former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn this week. 
Indeed, France hardly seems to bat an eye when it comes to sex.
France's Centre Nationale du Cinema et de l'image animée (CNC), which hands out the classifications for films, has proven this once again with its rating of the new erotic blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey.
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The film, which was released in France on Wednesday, was classified as an adult film in both the UK and the US (meaning you have to be 18-year-old in the UK and 17 in the US). In Malaysia, the film has been banned because it was deemed sadistic. 
But in France, children as young as 12 have been given the green light to see the film at the cinemas after it was given the second-lowest classification possible.
Because it's just not sexy enough, says Jean-Francois Mary, president of France's Board of Film Classification, who said that it was nothing more than a “schmaltzy romance”.
Indeed, Facebook follower Shellie Langlois says that France “has yoghurt commercials sexier than this movie” (join the discussion on Facebook here).
The film has been almost universally panned by critics, though one website that ranks films by the amount of sex scenes called it the “raunchiest film of the decade”.
The movie's director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, told The Guardian newspaper that she didn't want the film to be “graphically explicit”, and it's understood (We haven't seen it)  that the film contains not even a hint of a genital, no orgasms, and not that much sex either. 
The film stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, playing two characters in their twenties exploring the world of dominant sex, bondage and sadomasochism. It is based on the best-selling book by the same name.
Other “sexy” films to be shrugged off by French classification teams include “Blue is the Warmest Colour” and “Basic Instinct”, both of which were given 12 plus ratings in France, while classed as adult movies in the UK and US.

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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.