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Angelique Chrisafis - Guardian – Thursday, 10 May 2012 (originally published 04 May)

Francois Hollande

François Hollande, the French Socialist frontrunner for the 2012 presidential election, has vowed to clear sexism out of French politics. Image: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA

Socialist frontrunner offers more women in top jobs, a ministry of women’s rights and sexual harassment laws

He has promised an equal number of men and women in cabinet, and to reintroduce a ministry of women’s rights. But will François Hollande be the president who finally took on the pervasive sexism in French politics, if as polls predict he wins Sunday’s presidential election?

Hollande has sought to portray himself as a feminist, and recently won the backing of a petition of more than 150 feminists. He has said he will reintroduce a ministry of women’s rights and has promised an equal number of women and men in government if he wins. This would be historic. It was something Sarkozy promised in 2007, but never achieved, despite the media spotlight on figures such as the justice minister Rachida Dati . . .

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