Names of lecherous French MPs included on ‘blacklist’ for women to avoid

A former parliamentary assistant has revealed that there is a "blacklist" of lecherous male French MPs that women working in the National Assembly know to avoid.

Names of lecherous French MPs included on 'blacklist' for women to avoid
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Marine Tondelier, aged 31, told France 2 that this “blacklist” – while not written down – is passed on among females colleagues so that they know which men to avoid being alone with. 
Her version was backed up a former minister Cécile Duflot, who also started out as parliamentary assistant.
“There are names that circulate between colleagues because we know that we should not take the elevator with them. There's a risk they will stick a hand on your buttocks,” Duflot said.
Fed up with bawdy remarks and wandering hands, dozens of female journalists signed the petition.
“Get your paws off me!” read the front page of the Liberation newspaper, where 40 female political reporters detailed sexist and lewd behaviour suffered while working in the corridors of power.
Women in Paris tell their stories of being groped, pestered and sexually harassed
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According to Tondelier, now the green party European representative for Hénin-Beaumont in the northern Pas-de-Calais region, women working at the National Assembly are regularly subjected to sexist remarks. 
“Everyday, you get comments on your outfit, the makeup you're wearing, the fact that you're 'very nice',” she said. 
And she believes this constitutes “sexual violence”.
Her account comes just a few days after another ex-parliamentary assistant accused the La Republique en Marche! MP Christophe Arend of sexual harassment. 
Arend fiercely denies the accusations, calling them slanderous. 
And on Friday, 28-year-old French writer Ariane Fornia, claimed in French newspaper l'Express that she was sexually assaulted by one of ex-French president François Mitterrand's minister's Pierre Joxe.
Fornia, daughter of an ex-minister to ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy said that when she was 20, Joxe groped her at a classical music concert. 
He has vehemently denied her accusation.


Pope appoints French woman to senior synod post

Pope Francis has broken with Catholic tradition to appoint a woman as an undersecretary of the synod of bishops, the first to hold the post with voting rights in a body that studies major questions of doctrine.

Pope appoints French woman to senior synod post
Pope Francis has appointed Nathalie Becquart as undersecretary of the synod of bishops. She is the first woman to hold the post. Photo: AFP

Frenchwoman Nathalie Becquart is one of the two new undersecretaries named on Saturday to the synod, where she has been a consultant since 2019.

The appointment signals the pontiff's desire “for a greater participation of women in the process of discernment and decision-making in the church”, said Cardinal Mario Grech, the secretary-general of the synod.

“During the previous synods, the number of women participating as experts and listeners has increased,” he said.

“With the nomination of Sister Nathalie Becquart and her possibility of participating in voting, a door has opened.”

The synod is led by bishops and cardinals who have voting rights and also comprises experts who cannot vote, with the next gathering scheduled for autumn 2022.

A special synod on the Amazon in 2019 saw 35 female “auditors” invited to the assembly, but none could vote.

The Argentinian-born pope has signalled his wish to reform the synod and have women and laypeople play a greater role in the church.

He named Spaniard Luis Marin de San Martin as the other under undersecretary in the synod of bishops.

Becquart, 52, a member of the France-based Xaviere Sisters, has a master's degree in management from the prestigious HEC business school in Paris and studied in Boston before joining the order.