French minister slams parliamentary sexism in language row

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Barbara Pompili clashed with MP Julien Aubert and other MPs from the right-wing opposition after he addressed her as "Madame le ministre", using the masculine form of the definite article in French.

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France's environment minister on Friday accused male colleagues in parliament of still being mired in sexism, after she objected to them using the masculine definite article in her job title, reports FRANCE 24.

"There is still work to be done," Barbara Pompili told Europe 1 radio. "What I saw yesterday at the National Assembly was some men not letting me speak as they did not agree."

Pompili had clashed with MP Julien Aubert and other MPs from the right-wing opposition in a debate over wind farms after he addressed her as "Madame le ministre", using the masculine form of the definite article in French.

She hit back by addressing Aubert, serving as a rapporteur on a bill, as "Monsieur la rapporteure" using the female version of the definite article.

Read more of this AFP report published by FRANCE 24

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