Paris, April 03: Marlene Schiappa, the Minister for the Social Economy and French Associations, is receiving criticism for appearing on the cover of the French edition of Playboy magazine. Schiappa, who is known for her advocacy for women’s rights and for introducing a law against street harassment, has been accused of making an inappropriate decision.
Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne and French politician Jean Luc Mélenchon have both spoken out against Schiappa’s decision. However, other politicians, including French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, have defended her, stating that she is a “woman of character.”
Despite the backlash, Schiappa has defended her decision to pose for the magazine cover, stating that defending the rights of women to have control of their bodies is essential everywhere and all the time. Playboy has also supported the spread, with its editor stating that Schiappa is the most “Playboy compatible” of government ministers and that the magazine could be an instrument for the feminist cause.
Défendre le droit des femmes à disposer de leurs corps, c’est partout et tout le temps.
En France, les femmes sont libres.
N’en déplaise aux rétrogrades et aux hypocrites.#Playboy
— 🇫🇷 MarleneSchiappa (@MarleneSchiappa) April 1, 2023
This controversy comes at a time when France is experiencing political upheaval due to the government’s decision to raise the state pension age. Over a million people in France have protested the decision, resulting in unrest and destruction.