French lawmakers on Wednesday approved a bill that would require domestic violence offenders to wear electronic bracelets to ensure they are away from their current or former partners who commit domestic violence,media reported. French Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet told lawmakers on Wednesday that the legislation “will prevent mass killings of women.” “
Mr Bellubert said the measure would require offenders to wear bracelets “after conviction or before sentencing” or as part of protective action taken outside any criminal complaint. The bill was quickly passed by the French National Assembly in October, and the Senate passed it unanimously this week.
The number of French women killed by their male partners has risen further this year. The move is part of a broader crackdown on domestic violence that the French government wants. In addition, officials have proposed the construction of 1,000 new emergency shelters.
Electronic foot ingress have been used in other European countries (e.g. Spain) and in some states in the United States, and these electronic foot shacks have led to a significant reduction in the number of fatal attacks. The French government’s proposed electronic surveillance device would be equipped with a GPS tracker that would send a signal to the police if the violent suspect approached the victim.
More than 120 women died in France last year from current or former partners, official figures show. Advocates say more than 120 women have been killed by male partners this year.
The launch of the first 1,000 electronic bracelets will cost between 5 million euros and 6 million euros.