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Indiana University
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Saturday, September 17, 2011

French Suit over Relations (or Lack Thereof)

The Telegraph reports about a Frenchman sued by his ex-wife for lack of physical relations:

The 51-year-old man was fined under article 215 of France’s civil code, which states married couples must agree to a “shared communal life”.

A judge has now ruled that this law implies that “sexual relations must form part of a marriage”.

The rare legal decision came after the wife filed for divorce two years ago, blaming the break-up on her husband’s lack of activity in the bedroom.

A judge in Nice, southern France, then granted the divorce and ruled the husband named only as Jean-Louis B. was solely responsible for the split.

But the 47-year-old ex-wife then took him back to court demanding 10,000 euros in compensation for “lack of sex over 21 years of marriage”.

Read more here.


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Wow! Really??? That's one of the most creative lawsuits I've heard about :)

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Lawyers | Sep 17, 2011 9:47:56 AM

Entertaining! say the least :)

Posted by: Tulsa House Cleaners | Sep 19, 2011 5:48:44 PM

She's crazy! - I can't believe the judge allowed the law suit to stick.

Posted by: Oklahoma City Divorce Attorneys | Sep 19, 2011 6:44:47 PM

This one's just too much of a stretch for my taste.

Posted by: Oklahoma City Cleaning Service | Sep 22, 2011 7:45:34 PM

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