At the time of the demonstrations, there was growing anger at women killed by their partners, and French women were increasingly talking openly about sexual harassment and abuse.
Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets across France, demanding that the government take more action to prevent violence against women.
On Saturday’s demonstrations in Paris and other French cities, the country is increasingly angry about women killed by their partners, and French women are increasingly talking about sexual harassment and abuse.
Protesters marched behind a large banner in the capital, which read “Stop Sex Discrimination and Sexual Violence.”
“We always put the blame on women,” said Ghislaine Gireire-Revalier, a demonstrator in Paris, who expressed sympathy for women caught in a violent family environment.
“We have forgotten the phenomenon of being controlled by humans… little by little, it is like a spider that surrounds you with its web.”
The anti-violence against women said that at least 101 women were killed by their partners or ex-partners in France this year—about one woman was killed every three days.
According to a national study in 2017, more than 220,000 women suffer physical or sexual abuse by their partners each year.
Activists urge the government of President Emmanuel Macron to invest 1 billion euros (US$1.1 billion) a year in combating violence against women, instead of the current 360 million euros (US$406 million), partly used for construction More shelters.
Demonstrator Meryll Le Goff said that “some measures have been taken, such as providing telephones for people in serious danger”, which is a special type of telephone with buttons that can be used to alert the police .
The Ministry of Justice stated that more than 2,500 such mobile phones were deployed in the country in September.
“But it’s not enough for everyone,” Le Goff said. “The measures are half completed. Those who were temporarily detained or even imprisoned but were eventually released without taking any measures… This is the problem.”
The protests are part of a week of global action to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.