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Latest update : 2008-03-09

As he met with exceptional French women at a lunch in Paris, President Nicolas Sarkozy referred to the woman he appointed to the no.2 post at the French media holding company France Monde. Hear his speech.

On Saturday, International Women's Day, French President Nicolas Sarkozy celebrated in Paris with a lunch honouring exceptional women.  During a speech at the lunch, the French president evoked French broadcaster Christine Ockrent, a correspondent for France 24 and the partner of France's Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner. Ockrent has just been named managing director of a new holding company, France Monde, which will become the parent company of France 24.  France Monde will be headed up by the station's current president, Alain de Pouzilhac.

 

Sarkozy said during his speech, "When I asked Alain de Pouzilhac and Christine Ockrent to take on the roles of president and director-general of France Monde, I was very shocked that a great newspaper, on its front page, should speak about the 'Ockrent affair' and the fact that her husband is a government Minister.  Would they have made the same comments if she had not been a woman?"

Date created : 2008-03-08

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