Man Must Pay Ex for Lack of Sex

He owes former wife about $14K for 21 years of sexless marriage
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2011 1:57 PM CDT
Updated Sep 10, 2011 7:00 AM CDT
A judge in southern France has ruled that a Frenchman must pay his ex-wife 10,000 Euros for 21 years of sexless marriage.   (Flickr)

(Newser) – A French judge may have just sent Viagra sales soaring: He ruled that a 51-year-old man in southern France must pay his wife about $14,000 for "lack of sex over 21 years of marriage." The judge referred to Article 215 of France's civil code, which says married couples must have a "shared communal life." Named only Jean-Louis B. in court documents, the man claimed "tiredness and health problems" prevented him from satisfying her—or even trying, the Telegraph reports.

The 47-year-old wife had divorced her hubby for his lack of bedroom bravado, then came back to court demanding compensation. The judge agreed: “A sexual relationship between husband and wife is the expression of affection they have for each other, and in this case it was absent," he ruled. “By getting married, couples agree to sharing their life and this clearly implies they will have sex with each other.”

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