Oh la la! A 51-year-old Frenchman has to pay his ex-wife $14,000 for lacking in the bedroom during their 21 years of marriage.

A judge in Nice ruled that the legal code stipulating married couples must agree to a "shared communal life," implied that "sexual relations must form part of a marriage."

The rare legal decision came after the 47-year-old wife, Monique, filed for divorce two years ago. She blamed the break-up on her hubby, Jean Louis', lack of sex drive.

A judge granted her the divorce and said that Jean Louis was solely responsible for the split.

But the ex-wife wanted him to pay. So she took him back to court demanding 10,000 euros ($14,000) in compensation for "lack of sex over 21 years of marriage".

The ex-husband claimed "tiredness and health problems" had prevented him from being more attentive between the sheets.

But an appeals court judge in the south of France's highest court in Aix-en-Provence ruled in the wife's favor.

"A sexual relationship between husband and wife is the expression of affection they have for each other, and in this case it was absent," the judge ruled.

"By getting married, couples agree to sharing their life and this clearly implies they will have sex with each other."

But for the country that's known for "La langue de l'amour" it seems that France may be losing its libido.

The Daily Mail says a survey by the French Institute of Public Opinion questioned 1,000 adults and found that 76% of them 'suffer relationship problems that due to a poor sex life.

Half of those also polled said they had 'no desire' to make love.

More than a third of French women confessed to citing headaches, fatigue or 'not in front of the children' as excuses for saying no. One in six men admitted similar excuses. Figures show that one in three traditional French marriages ends in divorce.

Should husbands or wives be made to pay money to spouse after divorce because of denying them sex?

Viewers serve up their thoughts:

George writes: "That should go both ways and be implemented here in the state. While I can't complain about that issue with my ex, I can't think of many male friends who haven't complained about their wives. While we are at it lets bring back being able to sue for damages against lost of a loved one... and so on under divorce and that will reduce infidelity again."

Ricks Piano Bar writes: "There has GOT to be more to this."

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