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Frenchman Pays Damages for Lack of Sex

A court in France has ordered a 51-year-old man to pay his ex-wife nearly $15,000 in damages after she sued him over lack of sex during their 21-year marriage. The fine was under an article in the French civil code stating married couples must live a “shared communal life.” The woman actually took her ex-husband back to court over the issue two years after they divorced. “A sexual relationship between husband and wife is the expression of affection they have for each other, and in this case it was absent,” the judge ruled. “By getting married, couples agree to sharing their life and this clearly implies they will have sex with each other.”