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there was something like that under Chirac too, with the "Juppettes" - a number of female ministers were promoted in good times, and dumped in bad times for "safer" men.

To their credit, the French socialists have been more consistent in giving senior roles to women - the Aubry-Royal duel makes this obvious today, but there have been a number of socialist female ministers that hve made their name on their competence and  did not owe their prominence to their gender, like Martine Aubry, Elisabeth Guigou, Marie-George Buffet (a communist), Catherine Trautmann or Marylise Lebranchu.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 04:52:02 PM EST
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