France in focus

French feminism: The fight continues

By: Nadia CHARBIT | Camille FEVRIER | Joanna COCKERELL | Sonia BARITELLO | Stéphanie CHEVAL
1 min

In the wake of the #MeToo phenomenon and its French offshoot, #balancetonporc, a new wave of feminism has surfaced in France. How has French feminism evolved over the years? We take a look back at this permanent battle. This year, a new piece of legislation made sexist insults an offence in France, punishable with on-the-spot fines. But the law has been met with scepticism as it's proved difficult to apply. Finally, historian Florence Rochefort tells us what's specific to French feminism.