MailOnline 3 June 2015
A tough new law that will see men jailed for paying for sex is set to come into force in France.
The controversial anti-vice bill proposes fines of up to £1,200 – and ultimately a six-month prison sentence – for the clients of prostitutes.
The government says the law is aimed at preventing violence against women, with the final goal of seeing prostitution disappear entirely.
A draft version of the law was voted through by the Socialist-led parliament today, and its final version will be voted on again on June 12.
But the bill has provoked widespread opposition from sex workers, who said numerous ‘hypocritical MPs’ were their main clients.