Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of many cities in France the color purple to demand measures against sexist violence in the country and criticize the Government of Emmanuel Macron, whom they have accused of not having taken into account the magnitude of the problem in the country.
Five days before the international day against violence against women, the demonstrations have highlighted the magnitude of the problem in France, where more than a hundred sexist crimes take place every year.RELATED
Five months before the presidential elections, in which Macron will surely run for re-election, the day has had a clear electoral tinge and has had the presence of other candidates, such as the socialist Anne Hidalgo or the ecologist Yannick Jadot.
The banners of the protesters have recalled that sexist violence has not decreased in the last five years, despite the fact that upon his arrival at the Elíseo Macron considered it one of the central axes of his mandate.
According to the NousTous association, which organizes the demonstrations, each year 220,000 women are victims of violence in the country, where 94,000 rapes are registered.
Faced with this, they reproach the French Government for an endowment that barely exceeds 360 million euros, compared to the 1,000 million they claim to face this problem. In particular, feminist associations believe that more needs to be invested in prevention.
The Secretary of State for Equality between Men and Women, Elisabeth Moreno, defended the Executive’s action in a radio interview and recalled that accommodation places for victims have been increased by 60% and that four laws have been voted to protect them and the children.
So far this year, 101 women have been victims of sexist violence in France, one less than in all of 2020, marked by the pandemic, while in 2019 the figure was 146.