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School supervisor, 50, fired for jacuzzi rap video

Clea Caulcutt · 11 May 2012, 10:12

Published: 11 May 2012 11:04 GMT+02:00
Updated: 11 May 2012 10:12 GMT+02:00

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A 50-year-old school supervisor who was dismissed after she took part in a rap video clip about older women who date younger men. The woman is taking her employer, a Catholic school near Cannes, to court. 

In the video clip of rap artist Novia, 50-year-old Véronique Bonazzola flirts in bars, dances sensually with younger men and is dowsed in champagne while bathing in a jacuzzi. 

Bonazzola’s employer, a Catholic school in the town of Juan-les-Pins on the Riviera, did not take a liking to it's employee's out-of-school activities. She was fired because they deemed that the video "broke school rules and was incompatible with the nature of her work". 

The rap song tells the story of a older woman who goes out with a younger man. Gradually, the woman becomes clingy and the rap artist explains the younger man struggles to get rid of her. 

The school supervisor says she acted in the clip to draw attention to the plight of older women with a good dose of humour, French daily Le Monde reports. According to her lawyer, Bonazzola also wanted to show that women over fifty can still date. 

Bonazzola has lodged a complaint with the local labour court which will hold hearings about her case in a couple of weeks

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Clea Caulcutt (news.france@thelocal.com)

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