Paris City Hall Fined For Appointing Too Many Women in Senior Roles

The Ministry of Transformation and Public Service of France has fined Paris city authorities with €90,000 ($109,463) on Dec. 15 for appointing too many women in senior roles, claiming it violated the gender parity law.

The Ministry of Transformation and Public Service of France has fined Paris city authorities with €90,000 ($109,463) on Dec. 15 for appointing too many women in senior roles, claiming it violated the gender parity law.

According to Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, she was fined for having 11 women and five men in management roles in the city hall in 2018, which meant women made up 69% of the appointments.

“The management of the city hall has, all of a sudden, become far too feminist,” Hidalgo said, calling the fine “absurd, unfair, irresponsible, and dangerous” during a city council meeting.

“We must promote women with determination and vigor because the gap everywhere in France is still very large. So yes, in order to achieve parity one day, it is necessary to speed up the tempo and make sure that in the nominations there are more women than men,” Hidalgo also said.

Hidalgo also said on Twitter that she, along with her female senior staff, will take the check for the fine to the ministry.

Public Service Minister Amélie de Montchalin responded on Twitter that the “absurd” provision has been repealed in 2019.

“The cause of women deserves better! We repealed this absurd provision in 2019. I want the fine paid by Paris for 2018 to finance concrete actions to promote women in the public service,” Montchalin said.

According to the “Sauvadet law” that came into force in 2013, one gender cannot make up over 60% of management positions in an attempt to allow women to have better access to senior roles in the civil service.


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