06 Sep '11, 7am

Fined S$16,500 - because he failed to have sex with his wife

PARIS - A Frenchman has been ordered to pay his ex-wife £8,500 (S$16,500) 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". A judge has now ruled that this law implies that "sexual relations must form part of a marriage". The rare legal decision came after the wife filed for divorce two years ago, blaming the break-up on her husband's lack of activity in the bedroom. A judge in Nice, southern France, then granted the divorce and ruled the husband named only as Jean-Louis B was solely responsible for the split. But the 47-year-old ex-wife then took him back to court demanding €10,000 in compensation for "lack of sex over 21 years of marriage". The ex-husband claimed "tiredness and health problems" had prevented ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC110906-0000802/French...

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