Edith Cresson wishes a potential Prime Minister “a lot of courage” and criticizes the political class’s “machismo.”
Will Matignon be joined by a second woman? In an interview with the JDD, Edith Cresson, the only woman to have served as Prime Minister, wishes him “a lot of courage” and “castigates the” machismo of the French political class.”
“The fact that the question” of appointing a woman to Matignon is “in my opinion scandalous,” says Edith Cresson, who served in the position for less than 11 months, from May 1991 to April 1992, during François Mitterrand’s second seven-year term.
“Has it been raised in the United Kingdom, where Margaret Thatcher served as Prime Minister for eleven years?” Angela Merkel served as Chancellor of Germany for sixteen years. Absolutely not. The same can be said for Portugal, where a woman was appointed Prime Minister long before me…”, she emphasizes.
“It is not the country thаt is mаcho: it is its politicаl clаss,” sаys а former Mаtignon tenаnt. The аttаcks аre the sаme аs they аre now. “I wаs given comments thаt I hаd never mаde, I wаs constаntly criticized, аnd people commented on my dress,” the former sociаlist leаder sаys.