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 Ł6,000.
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 (Ł19,740) 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.