The age is just one piece of an upcoming bill on sexual violence and harassment.
Marlene Schiappa, a junior minister for gender equality, said Sunday that the cutoff could be between the ages of 13 and 15.'Below a certain age, it is considered that there can be no debate on the sexual consent of a child, and that any child below a certain age would automatically be considered to be raped or sexually assaulted,' Schiappa said on BFM TV.
Two recent court cases have heightened the debate over who is old enough to consent to sex under French law.
Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet told French radio that the age of 13 was a 'limit that is worth considering' for the upcoming legislation.
But she noted that judges should also have the ability to assess whether someone was old enough to give consent in individual situations.