A 51-year-old Frenchman named Jean-Louis B. was ordered by a judge to pay €10,000 to his ex-wife because he did not have sex with her frequently enough.
In what seems like a decision designed for late-night comics, the judge held that article 215 of France’s civil code, which holds that couples must have a “shared communal life,” also includes sexual relations.
The woman filed for divorce two years ago and blamed her husband’s lack of sex as the reason for it. The man responded that “health problems” and “tiredness” prevented him for being more active in bed.
The €10,000 serves as damages awarded to the woman for the lack of sex during their 21 years of marriage.
“By getting married, couples agree to sharing their life and this clearly implies they will have sex with each other,” the judge wrote.