Criminal element

One rape is reported “every 40 minutes” in France

French police officers ride bicycles in Paris. MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images

File this under stats we wish weren’t true. The number of reported rapes has leaped some 18 percent over the last five years in France, according to a government report releasing new crime figures. The numbers are startling. One exasperated newspaper in France put it this way: “Every day, 33 rapes are reported in France. That’s one every 40 minutes! And that’s just the number that actually get reported and logged by police.” And that’s not even the worst part. Rape allegations involving children are on an even greater upward trajectory.

Read the full story at France 24.

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