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Sara Miller Llana – Christian Science Monitor – Wednesday, 09 January 2013 (originally published 08 Jan)

Gwladys Bernard (l.) and Clémentine Pirlot pose by a Paris subway wearing the group’s trademark fake beards. Image: Ba

Gwladys Bernard (l.) and Clémentine Pirlot of La Barbe (the beard), a French feminist group, pose by a Paris subway wearing the group’s trademark fake beards. Image: Bastien Inzaurralde

When ex-model and former French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy made comments in the December issue of Paris Vogue declaring, “My generation doesn’t need feminism,” Anne-Cécile Mailfert, one of many French women catching the news on her iPhone, was aghast.

“What? No way! We have to do something,” she characterizes the collective response of the organization she serves as spokesperson for, Osez Le Féminisme or “Dare to be a Feminist.” They launched a Twitter barrage with the hashtag “#DearCarlaBruni, we need feminism because…” leaving French women to fill in the “why” for themselves.

“#DearCarlaBruni, we need feminism because people always assume I’m the secretary,” was one common tweet. The campaign got so much attention that it finally prompted an apology from Ms. Bruni-Sarkozy – and handed a win to French feminists . . .

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