The Question Is, Is it Harassment Or Romance?

French men believe women should be grateful to be approached on the streets.

And they're not alone in France.

In a time when the #MeToo movement has swept the world, ABC's Foreign Correspondent  has shown France is resisting the cultural shift.

For French men, they believe there is something "romantic" about approaching a woman in the street, it plays to the notion of French seduction.

"Girls like to meet someone in the streets, because there is something magic." French men Xavier told Annabel Crabbe.

"In everybody's imagination, it's something very romantic to be approached and like, 'Oh, you look beautiful,' or, 'I'd love to offer you a drink,'"  Xavier's friend, Arnaud, said.

"It's so lovely. And I think in everybody's imagination, you want to meet the princess or the prince that would, you know, see you as no-one sees you."

For young French women, sexual harassment is an everyday problem. In a recent government survey, 100 per cent of female public transport users in Paris reported they had been sexually harassed while travelling.

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But Arnaud doesn't agree, and said women should feel flattered to be propositioned while going about their daily business.

"If someone walks to you and tells you, like, 'Can I buy you a drink? You're beautiful,' you say no, you say, 'Piss off!' but inside yourself, you'd be happy, no, that someone walked to you and say, 'Wow. He likes me?'" he said.

One hundred influential French women have resisted the #MeToo movement, signing the controversial open letter to Le Monde, a daily French newspaper.

The letter, given star power by names such as renowned French actress Catherine Deneuve, was an anti-#MeToo manifesto, denouncing the movement as leading to a "campaign, in the press and on social media, of public accusations and indictments".

French actress Catherine Deneuve publicly denounced the #MeToo movement. Image: Getty Image

The feminist movement risks leading to witchhunts, and a return to "medieval logic" about reputation and gender roles said Peggy Sastre, the scientist and philosopher behind most of the writing of the Le Monde letter.

"We shouldn't follow the example of American puritanism... where there is a standard belief that there's a problem in the relations between men and women," she said.

Laws banning wolf-whistling will come in effect in France this month, but there is a fear among those who live with the daily hassling it will not be enough to deter street sexual harassment.

People took to twitter to show their anger at the current culture in France during the show.

For the French, a movement that was intended to unite women and fight for the same cause has divided a nation.

Feature Image: ABC Foreign Correspondent