French girl, 11, 'not a child' say lawyers for man, 29, accused of sexual abuse
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Case rekindles debate about age of consent in France as family argue suspect should be charged with rape

A 29-year-old French man went on trial onTuesday in a Paris suburb accused of sexually abusing 11-year-old girl in a case that has rekindled debate about France’s age of consent.

France does not have a legal age under which a minor cannot agree to a sexual relationship — although the country’s top court has ruled that children aged five and under cannot consent. Lawyers for the suspect argued...

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