Mayor of Paris: Penalty for many women doing ‘absurd’ work

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said receiving fines for employing too many women in senior positions within the city is “absurd”.

A fine of 90,000 euros ($ 110,000) was paid by France’s Ministry of Public Service following Hidalgo’s comment that Paris City Hall broke the rules in 2018 by appointing more women than men.

According to Yahoo News, during the city council meeting, Hidalgo said, “I am pleased to announce that we have been fined, I am happy.”

Yahoo News reported that Hidalgo’s fines came as a result of his staffing of 11 women and only five men in management positions in 2018.

“The management of City Hall has suddenly become much more feminist,” Hidalgo said with a laugh. He said that the penalty brought him happiness.

According to the BBC, the rule, which was created in 2013, said that no more than 60 per cent of new appointments to management positions in the public service should go on.

“This is obviously absurd, unfair, irresponsible and dangerous,” said Hidalgo.

France’s Minister of Public Service, Amélie de Montchellin, while weighing the situation on Twitter, wrote that the “absurd” provision was repealed in 2019.

“I want to be fined by Paris for FY 2018 for concerted action to promote women in public service. I invite you to the ministry to discuss!” he said.


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