France’s public service ministry has fined the Paris city authorities for employing too many women in senior positions in 2018. The appointments breach a law passed to maintain a Gender Balance.
The city hall has been fined 90,000 euros (INR 81 lakh approx) for appointing 11 women and 5 men — representing just over 30% — to top posts in 2018. Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo during a meeting of the city council on Tuesday said,
This fine is obviously absurd, unfair, irresponsible and dangerous.
Yes, we need to promote women with determination and vigour because everywhere, France is still lagging behind (on that issue).
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According to the 2013 rule, one sex cannot account for more than 60% of nominations to senior positions. It was aimed at getting women better access to top jobs in the civil service. Currently, about 47% of all civil servants in senior positions at the Paris city hall are women.
France’s Public Service Minister Amelie de Montchalin took to Twitter to confirm that the fine had been levied for 2018. The “absurd” rule had since been repealed, she added. In a message to the Paris Mayor Amelie quoted:
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!
Avec mes adjointes, les directrices et les présidentes de groupe, nous irons donc porter ce chèque à la Ministre de la Fonction publique. pic.twitter.com/yMDAeH86eS
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) December 15, 2020
Hidalgo said she was faulted because eleven women and only five men were named to management positions in city hall in 2018, meaning that 69% of the appointments went to women. Hidalgo, who was re-elected for a new term at the helm of Paris last year sarcastically said,
The management of the city hall has, all of a sudden, become far too feminist.
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