France’s leading political women, journalists, and activists confront sexism in French politics
- Two op-eds appeared over the last week as protests have grown confronting what many women in French politics—politicians, reporters, and petitioners alike—report is a culture of silence and impunity towards sexual harassment.
- Appearing in the Journal du Dimanche and Libération, the op-eds called for women who have experienced sexual harassment to speak out and register formal complaints and for an expansion of investigative capacity to ensure the behavior does not go unpunished.
- The effort comes as a number of scandals have engulfed male politicians, including the most recent leading to the resignation of Denis Baupin, vice president of the National Assembly, following multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
“Ce n’est pas aux femmes à s’adapter à ces milieux, ce sont les comportements de certains hommes qui doivent changer.”
Translation: “It’s not on women to adapt to these environments; it’s the conduct of certain men that must change.”
“Harcèlement sexuel : ‘L’impunité, c’est fini’” (Le Journal du Dimanche, in French)
“Harcèlement et politique: «Pour que l’impunité cesse»” (Libération, in French)
“French former ministers launch attack on sexism in politics” (The Guardian)
“Après l’affaire Baupin, témoignages, appels à libérer la parole et retours de flamme” (Le Monde, in French)
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