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Cleaner who led pay strike faces former minister in Paris election (Picture: The Guardian)
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Cleaner who led pay strike faces former minister in Paris election
Rachel Keke, who coordinated successful strike for better pay and conditions, takes on Macron’s former sports minister. A hotel housekeeper who led a strike for better pay and conditions at one of the biggest hotels in Paris could become the first...
 Representative image. Credit: iStock Photo
Monday, June 20, 2022
Post-poll, France's new parliament sees slight drop in women MPs
France has lagged in gender parity in politics, coming 33rd out of 185 spots on the Inter-Parliamentary Union's monthly ranking of women in national parliaments France's new parliament will see a slight decrease in women MPs after the weekend's poll...
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Elisabeth Borne: Who is France's new prime minister and what's on her to-do list?
Centrist politician Elisabeth Borne was appointed France’s new prime minister on Monday, becoming the second woman to hold the post in the country. Borne, 61, who was labour minister in the previous government, succeeds Jean Castex, who resigned...
A woman walks past graffiti on a fence that reads, 'Vote', in Paris, France.Photographer: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images
Thursday, April 21, 2022
Record women candidates haven’t made French vote gender friendly
By Alice Kantor Few feminist policies have been campaign talking points during the election. On Sunday, the French head to the polls to elect their next president. After the first round two weeks ago, there are two candidates on the ballot: centrist...
After #MeToo, the female factor shakes up France’s presidential race - Financial Times
Thursday, March 10, 2022
After #MeToo, the female factor shakes up France’s presidential race
Two women frontrunners seek to unseat Macron as feminist issues move up the agenda. Presidential candidate Valérie Pécresse began a live interview with one of France’s most popular television hosts by going on the offensive, declaring she nearly...
Alice Coffin (à gauche), conseillère écologiste de Paris et Sylvia Casalino (à droite), ingénieure en aérospatiale, lors d'une manifestation #MeToo Politique, le 25 novembre à Paris. (Cha Gonzalez/Libération)
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
France: An observatory of sexist and sexual violence in politics
The presidential campaign in sight. To fight against physical and psychological violence against women, the feminists behind the #MeTooPolitique movement announced on Monday February 21 the launch of an observatory on gender-based and sexual...
Cherchez les femmes: in the French election, the men stay on top. Copyrights: The Article
Friday, February 04, 2022
Cherchez les femmes: in the French election, the men stay on top
By Denis Macshane The women in the French presidential contest are having a miserable time. Britain and Germany have each produced two world-class female leaders, but France refuses to take women seriously as politicians. Politics there, as in the...
Socialist Anne Hidalgo (left), Republican Valerie Pécresse (center) and far-right leader Marine Le Pen are all in the running - Credits: DW
Monday, January 31, 2022
France: women candidates for presidency highlight politics' sexism problem
France has never had a woman as president. With a number of female candidates in the election race this time, could that finally change? Challenges range from a #MeToo campaign to an "invisible" barrier to the top job. Last week, Valerie Pecresse,...
Candidate officielle à la présidentielle française, Christiane Taubira veut bousculer le paysage à gauche. Crédits: Le Figaro
Monday, January 17, 2022
Former justice minister Christiane Taubira joins France's presidential race
France's former justice minister Christiane Taubira on Saturday launched her bid to unify the floundering French left and challenge President Emmanuel Macron in April presidential elections, but she faces a slew of competing candidates reluctant to...
(AP Photo/Michel Euler/Thibault Camus)
Monday, September 13, 2021
Two women campaign to become France’s 1st female president
PARIS (AP) — Two French politicians kicked off their presidential campaigns Sunday, seeking to become France’s first female leader in next year’s spring election. The far-right National Rally party’s Marine Le Pen and Paris’ Socialist mayor, Anne...
La maire socialiste de Paris, Anne Hidalgo, lors de l'annonce de sa candidature à Rouen, le 12 septembre 2021. © Thomas Samson, AFP
Monday, September 13, 2021
Socialist Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo sets sights on 2022 presidential race
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo threw her hat in the ring for France's 2022 presidential election on Sunday in Rouen. Her announcement brought an end to months of speculation that she would seek the Socialist nomination – and to years of assurances from...
Friday, December 18, 2020
City of Paris is fined 90,000 euros for naming too many women to senior positions
The city of Paris has been fined 90,000 euros for an unusual infraction: It appointed too many positions in the government. In 2018, 11 women and five men became senior officials. That meant 69% of the appointments were women — in violation of a...
Monday, January 13, 2020
Marlène Schiappa: “For generations, we have been nominating men just because they are men”
Marlène Schiappa, Minister of State for Gender Equality and the Fight against Discrimination in France, attended the 25th year Regional Review Meeting of the Beijing Platform for Action for the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Region. She...
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Caroline Janvier
Caroline Janvier was elected to the French National Assembly on 18 June 2017, representing the department of Loiret. This interview was conducted in November 2017 in Ottawa, Canada, during the Inter-parliamentary Union's Global Conference of Young...
Friday, August 17, 2018
France's gender equality Minister has already cracked down on catcalling and online abuse. She's just getting started
The first time a man stopped Marlène Schiappa and said something obscene, she was 14 years old and walking down a street in Paris’ northern 19th arrondissement. Shocked, she rushed home to her apartment and told her family. They were unsurprised. “...
Thursday, July 05, 2018
Thousands honor Simone Veil as she enters Panthéon
Simone Veil's concentration camp number - 78651 - was displayed on giant screens along the crowd-thronged route her cortège took to the Panthéon on Sunday, where she is to be interred among iconic figures from French politics, culture, society, and...
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Women slowly changing the face of French politics
The current French parliament has the most women it has ever had: 224 women were elected in June, out of 577 seats. This is mostly due to president Emmanuel Macron, who pushed for more women to run for office. But the rest of the French political...
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
France elects record number of women to parliament
France voted a record number of women into parliament, election results showed on Monday, after President Emmanuel Macron's victorious Republic on the Move (LREM) party fielded a gender-balanced candidate list. Of the 577 newly elected lawmakers,...

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