Monday, September 5, 2011
51-year-old Frenchman ordered to pay ex-wife $14,000 for lack of sex
So much for the myth of great French lovers.
A 51-year-old Frenchman has been ordered to pay his ex-wife $14,000 for being a dud in bed during their 21 years of marriage.
A judge in Nice ruled that the legal code stipulating married couples must agree to a "shared communal life," implied that "sexual relations must form part of a marriage."
He ruled that meant the woman's complaint of a lack of fire in the bedroom constituted grounds for divorce, London's Daily Telegraph reported.
The 47-year-old wife wasn't satisfied, though, and demanded 10,000 Euros in compensation for "lack of sex" during her two decades with her husband.
The ex-husband - identified in court papers only as Jean-Louis B. - blamed "tiredness and health problems" for his failure to perform.
An appeals court judge in Aix-en-Provence ruled in the wife's favor.
"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."