French Socialist Hollande Plans to Seek Gender Parity in Cabinet

Francois Hollande, the Socialist Party frontrunner in France’s presidential race, said he would seek to form a government with an equal number of women and men.

Hollande, 57, said he would also work to impose parity for top administrative positions, including in the country’s Constitutional Court. He spoke in an interview today with France 2 television. Women make up 29 percent of President Nicolas Sarkozy’s current government.

Hollande reiterated a promise to renegotiate the European Union’s fiscal treaty, calling for a focus on growth in the Union, “and not just austerity” measures.

France will hold two rounds of presidential elections, in April and in May.

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