The French Civil Service Ministry has fined the Paris mayor’s office 90,000 euros for violating the rules on gender parity in its 2018 staffing by hiring too many women, as reported by the AFP news agency.
The mayor of the capital, Anne Hidalgo, has described the fine as “absurd, unfair and dangerous.” “I am pleased to announce that we have been fined for having appointed too many women to management positions,” Hidalgo said.
“The city must pay a fine for having appointed too many women in management positions. 69% of the appointments. 11 women and only 5 men. And the leadership of the city would suddenly become too feminist,” Hidalgo reported. “We must promote women with determination and vigor because the backwardness throughout France is still very great.”
“To achieve parity one day, we must accelerate the pace and make sure that more women than men are appointed,” he added.
In a response on Twitter, French Civil Service Minister Amélie de Montchalin acknowledged that the fine had been imposed, but added that the rule had been overturned in 2019.
“The cause of women deserves better!”, Replied the minister. “We have repealed this absurd provision already in 2019. I want the fine paid by Paris in 2018 to finance concrete actions to promote women in the public administration. I invite you to the ministry to discuss them!”