Stupid Sex Tricks: Only in France?

Zut alors!

Sexual abstinence could cost you dear.

Jean-Louis, 51, found that out the hard way after his divorce.

According to Le Parisien, the Niçois was sentenced in May 2009 by the court of appeals of Aix-en-Provence to pay 10,000 euros in damages to his ex-wife Monique for “absence of sexual relations over several years”.


After more than twenty years of life together, Jean-Louis could easily have said that “relations had simply been spaced out over time”, or claimed “fatigue due to long work hours”, or even “health problems” to justify this near-absence of sexual rapport, but he did none of that.

The law is the law…along with notions of respect, fidelity, security and mutual assistance, the maintenance of sexual relations is a duty according to the Civil Code, and is on the list of conjugal duties that spouses must do when they marry.

Translation mine.

Actually, this may not be so stupid. What’s stupid is that he got away with that for more than 20 years, and only a divorce finally made him aware of his blunder. All I can say is that Monique must have had the patience of a saint.

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2 Responses to Stupid Sex Tricks: Only in France?

  1. MoS says:

    “Lack of consortium” used to be a ground for divorce here, a form of marital cruelty. Not sure if that still holds.

  2. Sabina Becker says:

    Probably not, but then, no-fault divorce is pretty much the norm now, so there’d be no need for it. Or it would simply be called Irreconcilable Differences.

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