In France, increasing numbers of divorced fathers are demanding custody of their children. Some even scaled a crane to demand the government hold talks with fathers' advocacy groups.
France once played a pioneering role on the child custody front. It was the first EU member state to recognize shared parenting rights. According to the law, children of divorced parents are entitled to have a home with each of their parents. The situation in practice is different, however; where custody is disputed, judges will generally award it to the mother alone. The number of fathers lodging appeals against such rulings is growing.