FRANCE 24 on femicide: Our stories on violence against women

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France is one of the European countries with the highest number of femicides. It's estimated that a woman is killed by her partner or former partner every three days. On the international day for the elimination of violence against women, FRANCE 24 takes a look at its coverage of femicide in France and throughout the world.

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As part of FRANCE 24's special coverage on the elimination of violence against women, we look at the alarming statistics on femicide, how France fares compared with other countries, and look at states that have put in places the best mechanisms to combat domestic violence.

The 'Focus' programme talks to a victim of domestic violence, now living in safety after escaping from her violent ex-husband. Five years ago he had tried to throw her out of a window in front of their children. Monday night's 'Debate' programme will focus exclusively on femicide.

FRANCE 24 takes a look at its coverage of femicide in France and throughout the world.

Thousands march in France to protest alarming femicide levels

Thousands rallied in Paris on Saturday to seek an end to gender violence and femicide in a country where at least 116 women have been killed by current or former partners this year, sparking national outrage.

A protester at a demonstration for the elimination of violence against women at Paris's Place de l'Opéra, 23 November 2019. Jean-Luc Mounier, France 24

Daddy killed mummy: Women take to Paris streets with anti-femicide poster campaign

More than 250 anti-femicide posters have appeared in the streets of Paris since the end of August. The campaign has been launched by women who want to pay "homage to the victims" and "make passers-by and public authorities react".

Tackling domestic violence: If you ask the right questions at the right time, you will save lives

With one of Europes highest domestic violence rates, France has a dismal record when it comes to listening to the victims of abuse and affording them protection. As it prepares to unveil measures to end the scourge, the French government is under intense pressure to set the record straight.

Women stage a "die-in" in protest at violence against women in Paris on October 19, 2019.
Women stage a "die-in" in protest at violence against women in Paris on October 19, 2019. Benoît Tessier, REUTERS

Behind the statistics: The trauma of losing a loved one to femicide

France on Tuesday launched a three-month conference on domestic abuse amid mounting concerns over high femicide figures. FRANCE 24 met families of some of the victims to uncover the stories behind the statistics.

Ghylaine Bouchait was 34 years old on September 24, 2017, when she succumbed to injuries sustained during a violent altercation with her partner.
Ghylaine Bouchait was 34 years old on September 24, 2017, when she succumbed to injuries sustained during a violent altercation with her partner. FRANCE 24 screengrab

French government convenes femicide conference – but critics say its 'meaningless'

Amid more than 100 instances of domestic femicide in France since the start of 2019, the Macron government has convened a conference on domestic violence to start Tuesday. But critics say the government needs to do much more.

A French booklet on domestic violence from November 2004.
A French booklet on domestic violence from November 2004. Alain Julien, AFP

'A culture of domestic violence': Frances femicide problem

Seventy-five women have been killed by their current or former partners in France so far by July 2019. As Spain leads several European countries in the fight to lower femicide rates, why is France so behind?

French actor Julie Gayet attends with families of victims and activists a rally against "femicide", gender-based violence targeted at women, in Paris, France, July 6, 2019.
French actor Julie Gayet attends with families of victims and activists a rally against "femicide", gender-based violence targeted at women, in Paris, France, July 6, 2019. Reuters/Regis Duvignau

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