Divorce: French woman ‘at fault’ for ending sexual relations with husband

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“It’s a sentence from another era, it scandalises me,” said Barbara (not her real name). “I live with it as a denial of justice.” Last September, France’s highest appeals court ruled in favour of her husband in their bitter divorce battle, arguing that Barbara was the faulty party in the case because she had refused to have sexual relations with her husband. The ruling was grounded on an archaic interpretation of common law and jurisprudence constante. This month, with the support of feminist associations, she filed an ultimate appeal before the European Court of Human Rights.