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    The number of reported rape cases in France has increased by 18 percent since 2010, Le Figaro revealed on Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) There were 12,768 reports of sexual violence in 2014 across France, against an estimated 10,762 in 2010, data obtained by the French newspaper showed.

    The figures represent only a small number of actual sexual assault cases, documenting incidents that are reported and logged by law enforcement, according to the head of the French National Delinquency Observatory.

    "This is a considerable grey zone. Research shows that the number of reports represents less than 10% of actual crimes," Christophe Soullez told Le Figaro.

    According to the newspaper, every single day 33 rapes are reported in France: one every 40 minutes.

    France’s overseas territories, in particular French Guiana, Caribbean islands Martinique and Guadeloupe, amount to the largest number of reported rapes, the daily said.

    Paris recorded over 600 reported sexual assaults and rapes in 2014.


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