Beware if the mood has left the marriage, at least in France! A judge in France has ruled that a 51-year-old man must pay his 47-year-old ex-wife damages for failing to fulfill her sexual needs for 21 years.
The Telegraph reports that a man from Nice, in southern France, known in court as Jean-Louis B., must pay his wife 10,000 euros — or $13,965 — to compensate for a “lack of sex over 21 years of marriage.”
The man was fined under section 215 of France’s civil code, which says married couples agree to a “shared communal life.”
He argued he was often tired and had health problems that prevented him from being sexually active with his ex, but the judge decreed: “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 ruling comes two years after a judge deemed the man solely responsible for the couple’s divorce because of his refusal to have sex with his wife.