Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) may occur among members of migrant communities in France, even though it is considered a non-practising country.

France outlawed FGM/C in Article 41 of its Penal Code and has signed and ratified the Istanbul Convention, which entered into force on 1 November 2014. France acceded to the ICESCR in 1980, ratified CEDAW in 1983 and the CRC in 1990. For French case law concerning FGM/C, see our case law page


Anti-FGM/C Organisations in France

GAMS France 

Avenue Gambetta, 51, Paris, 75020, France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 434 81087
Fax: +33 01 43 48 00 73
Email: directrice@federationgams.org

GAMS works with victims of FGM/C, forced child marriage and gender-based violence and offers free and anonymous counselling to victims. They also run training programmes and advocacy networks.

Institut en Santé Génésique

20 rue Armagis, 78100, Saint Germain en Laye, France
Email: contact@isg78.org

The institute aims to collect statistical data on all forms of violence against women. It trains professionals in determining different types of violence (physical, sexual, psychological, economic) that occurred in family settings, communities or are tolerated by the state. General and specialist doctors, social workers, jurists, lawyers, people from the civil society address the victims of violence in our institute. Their hotline is active from Monday to Friday and enables the victims to consult directly doctors, nurses, psychologists, legal and social assistants.



We have no FGM/C Lawyer for France, but would welcome suggestions. Please contact us