UK Telegraph 06 Jan 2010 Married couples could be arrested and charged for insulting each other under a new law in France banning ‘psychological violence’.
The proposed legislation would punish partners who ‘overstep the mark’ during verbal spats in the home.
The law would apply to husbands and wives, as well as cohabiting couples.
It is expected to cover every kind of slur from repeated rude remarks about a partner’s appearance, false allegations of infidelity and threats of physical violence.
Police are being urged to issue a caution in the first instance of a reported crime, but repeat offenders could face a fine, electronic tagging or jail.
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