New school year puts French on forced marriage alert

As thousands of girls and young women prepare to start the new school year in France, activists are sounding the alarm over those who are missing– teenagers sent abroad over the holidays and forced into marriage: “For a long time this used to be considered a cultural thing,” Fatima Lalem, who is in charge of gender equality at Paris City Hall, told Reuters, but over the past year, France has begun to tackle the problem more aggressively.