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French man ordered to pay wife 10,000 euros for lack of sex

A court in France has ordered a man to pay 10,000 euros ($13,300) in damages to his long-frustrated ex-wife after he failed in his marriage "duties" by withholding sex from her for years.

In the May ruling, published on Tuesday in the Gazette du Palais judicial review, an appeals court in the southern city of Aix-en-Provence upheld an earlier decision to award the damages for "absence of sexual relations sexual relations
pl.n.
1. Sexual intercourse.

2. Sexual activity between individuals.
".

The couple, who are both 51, married in 1986 and have two children. They divorced in January 2009 in the city of Nice.

In its ruling, the court said the man's wife deserved the damages due to the suffering she endured because of her sexless marriage A sexless marriage is a marriage in which little or no sex occurs between the two partners. The US National Health and Social Life Survey in 1994 (Laumann et al. 1994) found that 2 percent of the married respondents reported no sexual intimacy in the past year. .

"The wife's expectations were legitimate in the sense that sexual relations between married people are an expression of their mutual affection Noun 1. mutual affection - sympathy of each person for the other
mutual understanding

sympathy - a relation of affinity or harmony between people; whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other; "the two of them were in close sympathy"
 and part of the duties that proceed from marriage," the court said.

It dismissed the husband's argument that health problems and long working hours had simply reduced the opportunities for the couple to have sex.

The court ruled that he had not proved "any health problems that would make him completely incapable of having intimate relations with his wife."
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