French feminists protest over 'sexist' silhouettes

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Cut-out figures of scantily-clad women have sparked a sexism row in a sleepy French town.

Feminists will protest in Paris today against the plywood silhouettes as France’s highest court, the State Council, rules on whether they constitute an illegal attack on the principle of sex equality.

They were put up outside people’s homes last month by the mayor of Dannemarie, who said he wanted to pay homage to femininity in the town after declaring 2017 the Year of Women.

The shapes portray women in various poses, including sat open-legged on a chair, pregnant or wearing bikinis.

Les Effronté-e-s, a feminist group, told The Times the figures were sexist stereotypes. 

“This gives a very bad image of women and puts them in a straitjacket that should have disappeared years ago,” said Sarah Pyd, the association’s representative in eastern France.

The group won an injunction against the bizarre public installations but the council has since appealed, meaning the case has gone up to the State Council.

It will rule today on the local authority’s claim they should be put back up in the name of freedom of expression.


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