The man who slapped a woman outside a cafe in Paris, in a video which went viral, has been jailed for six months.
The 25-year-old, named only as Firas M, was seen on CCTV throwing an ashtray at Marie Laguerre before slapping her, after she reprimanded him for his lewd comments as she walked past him.
Firas told the judge “there’s not a man who has not spoken to a woman on the street” and said he was just complimenting the 22-year-old on her dress.
He admitted the physical attack but denied making any comments.
Firas, who has already served time for pimping as well as violence against his mother, will have to pay a €20,000 (£17,000) fine and attend an anti-sexism course.
Ms Laguerre called the sentence “balanced”.
The video of the attack went viral after Ms Laguerre shared it on social media and prompted an outpouring of solidarity.
She set up a website called Nous Toutes Harcelement (We Are All Harassed) to collect other stories of street harassment.
Speaking after the 19 July assault, she said: “I’ve experienced sexual aggression but the first time I have been hit in the street.”
“I’ve decided to speak out and not stay silent to denounce this kind of thing that happens to all women. I was really lucky that it was caught on video.
“It allowed me to shine a light on the fact that women don’t feel safe on the streets. It’s truly an enormous problem.”
In France, a new law was passed in August to make catcalling in the street an offence punishable with on-the-spot fine. It also covers behaviour including upskirting and unwanted following.