The diffusion of child pornography images using a telecommunication network is a crime punishable by 10 years imprisonment and a fine of €100,000 (article 227-23 of the Penal Code). This also applies to representations of minors in a pornographic context such as drawings or computer generated images.
Under French law, the age limit for defining child pornography is 18. The above provision therefore applies to images of a person whose physical aspect appears to be that of minor, unless it is proven that the person was at least 18 years old on the day the picture was taken.
Even though the legal definition of child pornography may differ between countries, the minimum defines it as a picture that shows a child engaged or depicted as being engaged in explicit sexual activity. In France, police authorities focus on the sexual character of the content, which can be explicit (sexual activity, visible genitalia) or simply suggested (obscene posing), even though courts tend to distinguish pornography from eroticism and nudism.
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