28 Sep Six months on, has the new French law that hits prostitutes' clients with hefty fines had any impact in France? Prostitutes say it has been 'catastrophic' for their livelihoods. French police have had the powers to fine those caught buying sex for six months now. Prostitution in France was legal until April , but several surrounding activities were illegal, like operating a brothel, living off the avails (pimping), and paying for sex with someone under the age of 18 (the age of consent for sex is 15). On 6 April. of, ; on value of cargoes of, Seamen: desertion of, , ; drafts of – 6; health of ; impressment of ; mustering of, , mutinous demonstrations by, ; prisoners of war as, , ; punishment of , ; recruting of, for galley service, , replacement of disabled, ; sailors on colliers as.