Paris City Hall fined for having too many female executives

Paris City Hall fined for having too many female executives

A fine of 90 thousand euros was imposed on the City Hall of Paris for too many women in senior positions in the city administration. This was announced by the mayor Anne Hidalgo.

Under French law, the ratio of men to women in appointments should be at least 60 to 40 percent and aim for parity. However, the civil service ministry found that the city appointed 11 women and five men to leadership positions, so the percentage of women was 69 percent.

Hidalgo called the fine issued absurd and said she would share it with all female employees of the Paris General Secretariat.

In February, Muslim women spoke out about the discrimination they face in France because they wear the hijab. For example, Hania Chalal, a 26-year-old student in Strasbourg who heads the union of Muslim students in France, cited the story of how she was denied renewal of her lifeguard certificate because of her hijab. In addition, the Frenchwoman was forbidden to wear a Muslim burkini swimsuit to the pool, which, like the hijab, is not allowed in public places.