New French Law Requires 50% Female Candidates

| February 12, 2001

New French Law Requires 50% Female Candidates, Candice Choi,
France recently passed a law which requires political parties to have an equal number of male and female candidates. With less than 9% women in its legislature in 2000, France is comparable to the United States when it comes to political gender equality--13% of U.S. Senators are women. However, France falls shamefully behind other European countries. Sweden has the most women in its legislature (45%), followed by Denmark and Finland (both 37%). Enacted to close the gap between France and its European neighbors, the new law is expected to yield the highest number of female politicians ever in the upcoming March election.
--Anjula Razdan
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