France Elects 233 Women

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Palais-Bourbon, French Parliament.

Election results show France has voted a record number of women into parliament after President Emmanuel Macron’s Republic on the Move (LREM) party fielded a gender-balanced candidate list. A total of 233 were female were among 577 newly elected lawmakers, beating the previous record of 155 set at the last election.

The party’s acting president, Catherine Barbaroux said “For the first time under the (postwar) Fifth Republic, the National Assembly will be deeply renewed, more diverse, younger.”

Female representation in the National Assembly has risen steadily, from 12.3 per cent at the 2002 election to 38.6 per cent this time.

Most parties still put up more men for election, despite France having a system in which a party’s funding is restricted if women do not make up at least 49 per cent of candidates.

Females candidates have also been known to side with parties in which they are unlikely to win, keeping the numbers of women who make it to the parliament.

According to Inter-parliamentary Union data compiled at the start of June, France jumped from 64th to 17th in the world rankings of female parliamentary representation.

The country is ranked 6th in Europe, overtaking Britain and Germany.

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