French feminist anti-harassment phone line harassed into closure after 3 days

French feminists who set up an anti-harassment hotline were forced to shut it down after three days following a campaign of abuse by men.

Activists Clara Gonzales and Elliot Lepers launched the ‘anti-relou’ (anti-annoyance) service on Friday, encouraging women being hassled by men to give out the fake phone number instead of their real one.

But the service was axed on Monday after they received ‘more than 20,000 insulting messages’ over the course of a few hours.