Marlène Schiappa

French minister Marlène Schiappa under fire over money handed out by anti-extremism fund

France — Investigation

Months after the 2020 murder of history and geographer teacher Samuel Paty by a radicalised youth, junior minister Marlène Schiappa set up the Fonds Marianne to counter extremism and 'defend Republican values'. This government-funded body has since paid out just over two million euros to 17 different associations. But investigations by the media, including Mediapart, have raised question marks over two of the associations who received large sums from the fund and over the way this money was used. One in particular, Reconstruire le Commun, went on to publish videos attacking opponents of President Emmanuel Macron during the 2022 elections. And Mediapart can reveal that there are fresh questions today over the profile of some of those who took part in that charity's videos. Meanwhile, opposition politicians are calling for a Parliamentary inquiry into the affair, which has also been referred to the prosecution authorities. Antton Rouget and Ellen Salvi report.

Anger as French minister agrees to appear on Playboy front cover

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The decision by the junior minister to appear fully clothed in the magazine's next issue in France has led to criticism from fellow female politicians. 

Catholic Church sex abuse scandal: the French government's double standards over 'separatism'

France — Analysis

For months the French government has continually raised concerns about what it sees as the dangers of “Islamic separatism” in the country and has brought in legislation to tackle it. Yet when in the wake of a major report on child sex abuse in the French Catholic Church a senior bishop suggested that the secrets of the confessional were stronger than the “Republic's laws” there was at first a deafening silence from government ministers. This reluctance to comment came on top of the government's clear embarrassment at the publication of the sex abuse report itself, a document which produced shocking figures on the extent of the scandal in the church. Ellen Salvi reports.

France grants citizenship to 12,000 Covid frontline workers

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The fast-track scheme announced by minister Marlène Schiappa is aimed at those whose jobs put them at risk in the pandemic.

How the notion of France's long-cherished 'Republic' has been hijacked

Culture et idées — Analysis

The word 'Republican' has a hugely positive place in the French collective memory. But recently the concept has come to be used – and abused - as a form of political shorthand to tell people to obey the rules. Mediapart's Fabien Escalona talks to French academics about the shifting meaning of the concept and how it is now cited more to protect existing privileges rather than to extend safeguards and rights to new groups.

France to put domestic abuse victims in hotels after jump in numbers

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Gender equality minister Marlène Schiappa also said about 20 centres would open in stores around the country so women could drop in for help while getting groceries.

How French justice is failing victims of domestic violence


According to the French interior ministry, 121 women died in 2018 in incidents of domestic violence. Already this year, 92 women in France have been murdered at the hands of their husbands, former spouses or companions, according to records compiled by a French feminist association, while women’s support groups denounce inadequate legal protection afforded to domestic violence victims. Sophie Boutboul reports on the emblematic case of a mother-of-two, separated from her former partner against whom she has filed a complaint for violence, and who says she fears so much that she has moved house three times in two years. Despite her detailed complaints, a previous protection order was lifted by a judge last month, along with the secrecy of her home address.      

Protests in Paris over violence against women in France

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Data collected by women's advocacy group show 74 women have so far been killed this year by their husband or partner in France.

France harassment law hands out 447 fines in first months

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The 'outrages sexistes' law was passed in August 2018, and allows for on-the-spot fines of up to €750.

Revised French bill on child sex sparks outrage

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Critics say new version of French government's bill not only lessens protection of children, it also opens up a new legal loophole for child rapists.

Outspoken French gender equality minister in New Yorker interview

International — Link

Amid the controversy of sex assault allegations against two of her fellow members of government, French gender equality minister Marlène Schiappa tells The New Yorker why she could not remain in a government with a minister placed under investigation for rape, and why she is determined to see through proposed legislation that makes pressing sexual advances in a public place an offence.

France mulls reform of child sex laws after controversial court rulings

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Following recent acquittals in separate cases of men charged with raping 11-year-old girls, rulings justified by magistrates on the grounds that there was no evidence of violence or constraint, France's gender parity minister Marlène Schiappa said her government is to consider changes in the law that would automatically qualify sexual intercourse between an adult and a minor 'under a certain age' as rape.

Weinstein scandal sparks 'turning point' in France over sexual harassment

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Minister Marlene Schiappa says scandal has led women to denounce harassment at work and in public places, not just in the corridors of power. 

France may ban wolf whistling as it tries to tackle sexual harassment

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Suggested laws would also stop men repeatedly asking for their numbers but lawyers fear the offences could be difficult to prove legally.

France plans legalising assisted reproduction for gay women

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French gender equality minister Marlène Schiappa said a bill of law establishing the right for lesbian couples and single women to have access to artificial insemination in France will be put before parliament next year.