A spokesperson for Schiappa told CNN the minister is “proud” of the numbers and feels that the legislation will make a long-term difference for French women.
Under the law, which bans sexual or sexist comments that are “degrading, humiliating, intimidating, hostile or offensive,” offenders can be fined on the spot from 90 to 750 euros ($104 to $876).
France’s National Assembly approved the law, which applies to wolf whistles and similar harassment, in July last year.
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A 2015 survey for the French Institute for Demographic Studies found that 20% of women reported receiving wolf whistles, 8% reported being insulted and 3% reported being followed in public spaces over a span of a year.
Physical violence was reported by 1.3% of women, according to the survey, which had 27,000 respondents.