Drilling rights

France establishes a performance standard for marital sex, kinda sorta:

A Frenchman has been ordered to pay his ex-wife £8,500 in damages for failing to have enough sex with her during their marriage.

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”.

The ex, 47, after filing for divorce, filed a second claim, complaining of “lack of sex over 21 years of marriage,” and asked €10,000 in damages. A judge in Aix-en-Provence ruled in her favor:

“A sexual relationship between husband and wife is the expression of affection they have for each other, and in this case it was absent. By getting married, couples agree to sharing their life and this clearly implies they will have sex with each other.”

Unanswered in this article is the question of how much sex they had before they got married.

(Via The PJ Tatler.)


  1. McGehee »

    6 September 2011 · 8:17 am

    How do you say, “Keep your government out of my bedroom!” in French?

    (Note: I will accept, “Keep your @#$!!ing government out of my @#$!!ing bedroom!”)

  2. fillyjonk »

    6 September 2011 · 8:55 am

    I think “Le gouvernement va se faire foutre” might work okay.

  3. McGehee »

    6 September 2011 · 10:31 am

    Babelfish punted on that last word, FJ.

  4. fillyjonk »

    6 September 2011 · 11:33 am

    I expect they might.

    Try “fichtre” (I think that’s the right spelling), it’s a slightly less harsh equivalent. Kind of like saying “screw” instead of…well, the other word.

  5. McGehee »

    6 September 2011 · 2:10 pm

    Ah. Yes. And since it’s the government we can’t even say it’s anatomically impossible — only that it isn’t its usual habit.

  6. unimpressed »

    6 September 2011 · 3:43 pm

    “Isn’t its usual habit”?

    They’ve got their fingers, or want to, in everything else.

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