French urged to have more sex by country’s top heart specialists

France's leading cardiologists are telling the French to get under the covers on Valentine's Day, and as often as possible in fact, due to the mental and physical health benefits that come with regular love-making.

To celebrate Valentine's Day the Federation Française de Cardiologie has voiced the many physical virtues that arise from making love, apart from the obvious, of course.

Sex not only helps to relax love-makers and work as an anti-depressant by encouraging the production of pleasure hormones, there are also multiple benefits to cardio-vascular health, the cardiologists have said.

According to the French heart experts, “sexual activity requires a physical effort of a moderate intensity, which is comparable to climbing two flights of stairs at a brisk pace”.

So every time you faire l'amour it “helps eliminate toxins, increases the heart rate, helps blood circulation and strengthens the muscles in the heart,” the doctors say.

The cardiologists even encourage French people suffering with heart problems to make more love and assure that they “can generally maintain regular sexual activity and will benefit from its protective effect on the heart.”

In the same way a healthy sex life leads to a healthy heart, the federation stresses that those men who can’t make love because of erectile dysfunction should get to a doctor, as impotence is a sign of impending heart problems. 

So there you have it. Get climbing those stairs.

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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.