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No sex s'il vous plait, we're French

The land of l'amour is turning into a police state dictating what goes on in the bedroom, writes Aoife Drew

Published 11/09/2011 | 05:00

France has long been known as the land of l'amour. Countless books have been written about the powers of seduction of the French, their libertine ways, their love of sexual pleasures. From the amorous Pepe Le Pew to the polyamorous Dominque Strauss-Kahn, the cliche of the lustful Frenchman still remains powerful.

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But what happens when love breaks down? Well, according to a recent verdict handed out by a French court, if you're not making the earth move in the bedroom, you might be liable to receive a whopping fine. The reputation of France as a country of free love seems to be metamorphosing into a place where even relationships are policed.

An unfortunate individual, identified only as Jean-Louis B from Nice, was fined €10,000 in May by a court in Aix-en-Provence, for not having made love frequently enough to his wife, Monique, over a period of several years. Given that the slang verb for making love in French is 'niquer', the jokes about Jean-Louis omitting to 'nique Monique' have since been flowing freely.

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