Thousands sign petition against "misogynous" treatment of Royal
Apr 12, 2007, 14:23 GMT
Paris - More than 8,000 French men and women have signed a petition on the internet protesting the 'misogynous' treatment of Socialist presidential candidate Segolene Royal, the daily Le Monde reported on Thursday.
'Several months ago, everyone appeared to agree that the candidature of a woman for the highest seat would not pose any problems,' the petition reads. 'Then, little phrases and big paragraphs of a stupifying hostility began appearing, one after the other.'
The petition, whose signatories include actresses Catherine Deneuve and Jeanne Moreau, went on to say that a 'Pandora's box of misogynous contempt was opened' in regards to Royal, the first-ever woman to represent a major political party in a French presidential election.
'I am scandalised to see this woman personally attacked without end,' the petition notes.
Much criticism of Royal in France targets her competence and experience, although she has been a government minister three times, an advisor to former president Francois Mitterand, a deputy in the National Assembly since 1988 and currently presides over a large departement, or region.
The petition charges that everything said about Royal 'is to delegitimise her, to show she does not belong as head of state.'
The petition was launched by the general secretary of the French Family Planning, Maite Albagly, who in 2006 closely followed the successful campaign of current Chilena President Michelle Bachelet.© 2007 dpa - Deutsche Presse-Agentur