A video recording a shocking scene of violent harassment outside a Parisian café has sparked outrage across France, Guardian reports.
CCTV shots seem to show the 22-year-old Marie Laguerre a red dress that crosses paths with a bearded man in a black T-shirt outside a coffee shop. He says something to her and she turns her head and answers. Both continue in opposite directions.
A few seconds later, the man takes an ashtray from an empty table in the café and throws it in her direction. She is no longer in sight.
The man then returns to the woman who retreats into the frame and slaps her face so that she loses her grip and bumps against the glass fences on the terrace of the café [1
The video is virulent Since Laguerre, an architectural student who has posted material on Facebook and given new impetus, the country has sought to ban public sexual harassment.
According to Laguerre, the man "made dirty noises, comments and whistles" as the two passed each other, which Laguerre answered with "Ta gueule", or "shut up" Guardian reports
"I did not even think he heard me," said Laguerre Le Parisien . "But he heard me and suddenly things happened, he grabbed an ashtray and threw it at me, it missed my head a few inches."
"I felt hate, I refused to be humiliated that was humiliating, "she added.
The incident is under investigation, but the attacker still needs to be identified.
The French Minister for Equality, Marlène Schiappa, said she was "outraged … but not surprised, unfortunately" by the attack, according to the Guardian .
"The political response must be strong and it is because we will punish those responsible for harassing the street for the first time in France" Schiappa added:
Schiappa helped in March to propose a new bill, the immediate one Fines of up to $ 920 for sexual harassment in public would require. Supported by French President Emmanuel Macron, the bill would make sex offenders locally responsible for public behavior such as "humiliating or humiliating comments" or "sexual or sexist" acts against somebody.
"I was so annoyed that I did not want to hide, look down, that he dared to be angry if I was the one who had reason to be angry," Laguerre told reporters. "I turned around to him and everything went extremely fast, but then I knew he was going to beat me, I was even ready to fight, and when the blow came I took it without showing any feelings." He kept screaming. "
Laguerre also posted the video on YouTube, where she wrote in French," This is unacceptable behavior, it happens every day, these men think they can do anything on the street that thinks they can humiliate us and who do not like it when we're offended, that's unacceptable. "
" I'm tired of feeling insecure on the street, things have to change and they need to change now. "