Schiappa, 35, recalled her first instance of catcalling when she was 14 in Paris and a man said something obscene to her. She rushed home to her parents. “They just told me, ‘Oh, that’s normal. It’s always like that,’” Schiappa told Time magazine. “I thought it was my fault and it was up to me to have a strategy to deal with it: which clothes to wear, which paths to take. I was resigned to it.”

The law is the cornerstone of a pushback by the millennial politician against the attitudes of past generations. “We’re lowering society’s threshold of tolerance,” Schiappa told the magazine. “We’ll no longer tolerate threats directed at women.” The minister was quick to hail the first use of the law in the courts:

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