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French legislator who clucked at colleague fined

October 9, 2013

PARIS (AP) — A French legislator was sanctioned Wednesday for clucking at a female colleague while she spoke in the National Assembly, the latest incident of catcalling in the French parliament.

The office of the Assembly’s president said Philippe Le Ray of the conservative UMP party will be fined a quarter of his monthly salary, or about 1,300 euros ($1,700).

Le Ray, and possibly others, clucked at Veronique Massonneau, an ecologist deputy, as she addressed the parliament late Tuesday. She pleaded, “That’s enough. ... I’m not a chicken!”

In French, “chicken” can be a derogatory term for a woman.

The incident revived a debate about sexism in the parliament. Last year, deputies hissed at a Cabinet minister, apparently because she was wearing a dress. One later explained they were simply admiring her beauty.

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