posted on Feb, 8 2003 @ 05:56 AM
The bill, which will become law later this year, proposes a maximum penalty for "offending against the dignity of the Republic and its symbols" of
six months in jail, with a fine of up to £6,000.
Other draconian measures in the bill include a two-month prison sentence for prostitutes guilty of "passive soliciting" (wearing a short skirt).
Youths who block the stairwells of apartment blocks will be liable to two months in prison, and anyone swearing at a policeman could be fined up to
Ä30,000 (£19,740) and jailed for two years.
The move to defend France's Republican symbols comes may have been triggered by the actions of Algerian fans who jeered the Marseillaise before a
France-Algeria soccer match in Paris in 2001. Corsican supporters have been involved in similar incidents. The France-Algeria incident, which largely
involved French youths of Algerian origin, infuriated President Jacques Chirac, who was shown on national television stalking out of the VIP box.