Power in France's public sector remains a male prerogative

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While 61% of public service employees are women, they accounted for just 31% of senior civil service posts, from prefects to ambassadors, attributed in 2014. President François Hollande has made the issue of gender parity in the public sector a major policy plank of his five-year term in office, but the challenge to reach even a semblance of equity remains daunting. Lénaïg Bredoux reports.

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Women remain significantly underrepresented senior posts within the French civil service, despite the fact that they by far outnumber men in the total payroll of the country’s public services.