A court in France has ordered a man to pay $13,500 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 overnight 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."
The couple, who are both 51, married in 1986 and have two children. They divorced in January 2009 in Nice.
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In its ruling, the court said the man's wife deserved the damages due to the suffering she endured because of her sexless marriage.