Paris authorities fined for putting too many WOMEN in senior positions
15th December 2020

Paris authorities are fined for putting too many WOMEN in senior positions: Socialist woman mayor says she’s ‘happy’ about the ‘absurd’ penalty

  • Paris’ first ever woman Mayor Anne Hidalgo said she was filled with ‘joy’ by fine 
  • City Hall hit with £80,000 penalty by central government for breaching rules 
  • In 2018, 11 women occupied top management positions compared to five men
  • Minister Amelie de Montchalin pointed out that the rule has since been dropped

Paris City Hall has been fined for putting too many women in senior positions.

Socialist Mayor Anne Hidalgo mocked the ‘absurd’ £80,000 penalty on Tuesday, telling a council meeting she was filled with ‘joy’ to learn her office was in breach.

France’s public services ministry found Paris broke national rules on gender parity in 2018 when 11 women occupied senior management positions – compared to only five men.

‘I am happy to announce that we have been fined,’ Hidalgo laughed. ‘The management of the city hall has, all of a sudden, become far too feminist.’ 

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo speaks during a press conference at Paris’ city hall on October 29, 2020

Christmas lights decorate the Paris Town hall on December 11

A Socialist Party member since 1994, Ms Hidalgo became the first female mayor of Paris in 2014 and won a second term last year.

According to the text of the ruling cited by Le Monde newspaper, city hall violated a rule dating to 2013, which stipulates one sex should not account for more than 60 nominations to management positions.

Hidalgo said that she would take the cheque for the fine to the government in person, along with her deputy mayors and all the women working for her.

Taking a more serious tone, she added: ‘This fine is obviously absurd, unfair, irresponsible and dangerous,’ adding that women in France should be promoted with ‘vigour because the lag everywhere in France is still very great’.

‘Yes, to one day achieve parity, we must speed up the tempo and ensure that more women are appointed than men,’ she said.

Responding on Twitter, France’s Public Service Minister Amelie de Montchalin from the ruling Republic on the Move party acknowledged that the fine had been levied for 2018.

Since then the ‘absurd’ rule on parity in management had been repealed, she noted.

‘I want the fine paid by Paris for 2018 to finance concrete actions to promote women in the public service. I invite you to the ministry to discuss them!’ she said in a message to Hidalgo.

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