Outrage after French female celebrities call #MeToo movement 'puritanism'
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IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Wednesday, January 10: French actress Catherine Deneuve and several other French female celebrities have penned a controversial article in Le Monde critiquing the #MeToo movement, sparking a backlash. In other stories, Emmanuel Macron's China trip wraps up as he heads to Italy to address the migrant crisis.
Le Monde's piece has got everyone talking today. In an open letter, a group of prominent French women - including actress Catherine Deneuve - condemn the #MeToo movement as "puritanism" that has essentially blurred the lines between sexual harassment and flirty behaviour. In their opinion, "a woman can, in the same day, manage a team of people and enjoy being the sexual object of a man, with being qualified as a 'whore' nor as a vile accomplice of the patriarchy". They go on to say "a woman can fight for an equal salary, but not feel traumatised by someone who brushes up against her in the metro, even if that is a crime".