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Égalité in the family

June 19, 2012

Twelve years ago France introduced a law to ensure half of candidates in polls were women. By now the country’s large parties put Égalité aside and rather chose financial penalties over parity obligation. No wonder every fifth member of the national assembly in the last term was a female.

The Sunday elections showed the tide is slowly changing. Despite even fewer female candidates this year, the number of elected women rose. Out of 577 seats, there are now 155 female members of assembly, substantially improving the parity ratio. Among elected there is no Ségolène Royal, former partner of the current French president Hollande. On the other hand, Marion Maréchal, niece of the Front National leader Marine Le Pen secured her seat. At the age of 22 she became the youngest member since 1791. It looks Égalité likes to stay in the family.

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From → Hic Salta

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