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France's Hollande Delivers on Government Parity

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

French President François Hollande has made good on his campaign promise to deliver government parity with his recent appointments of ministers. However, most of the key posts were still given to men.

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 Christiane Taubira, New France's Minister of Justice, Photo by Guillaume Paumier on Flickr, under Creative Commons 2.0
 
New French President François Hollande made good on a campaign promise, reported BBC News, by appointing Wednesday as many women as men in the new French government: 17 of the 34 ministers are women.
 
The president promised during his campaign that he will respect parity between men and women in the government, with hopes to set an example for the country's institutions and companies.
 
The new government is lead by Jean Marc Ayrault, who was appointed Monday Prime Minister by Hollande. Both men spent more than five hours Wednesday to wrap up the list of those who will be in the socialist government.
 
While half the appointed ministers are women, all key ministries, such Foreign Affairs, Interior and Economy and Finances, have been given to men.
 
Only the big Ministry of Justice was given to a woman, Christiane Taubira. Taubira, from French Guinea, has served as French deputy in the Assembly since 1993, during which timeshe proposed a law that recognizes the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as a crime against humanity. The law, named after her, passed on May 21, 2001.
 
As promised during the campaign, the government now includes the new Ministry of Women’s Rights which will be run by Morocco-born Najet Vallaud-Belkacem. In addition to this post, Belkacem will be the government's spokesperson.
 
Surprisingly, Martine Aubry, who was expected to be appointed prime minister won’t be a member of the government. Aubry announced Wednesday that she agreed with Hollande and Ayrault that “there is no point that she was part of the government.” Aubry, who is still the head of the Socialist party, announced however that she will lead the campaign of the upcoming parliamentary elections.

  

 
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