His announcement had caused amazement in France and had been relayed by the international press. The Minister of the Public Service, Amélie de Montchalin, finally announced, on Wednesday January 27, the cancellation of the administrative fine of 90,000 euros imposed on the City of Paris for having appointed too many women to managerial positions (eleven women against five men) in 2018.
The rate of female appointments of 69% violated the obligation, in force in 2018, to respect a minimum quota of 40% of members of each sex in order to ensure a balanced representation of women and men, explained the ministry of the civil service at the time.
The minister declares today, in a press release to Agence France-Presse, to have announced to the socialist mayor “That this fine was not due” and have encouraged her to “Devote these funds to maintaining this positive dynamic”.
“Pierce that glass ceiling”
Anne Hidalgo arrived around 8.15 a.m. at the headquarters of the ministry in Paris, accompanied by several women elected to the mayor of Paris, under the watchful eye of cameras and photographers, to discuss with the minister. “If there is no voluntarism and unwavering determination, we will not be able to break through this glass ceiling”, said the mayor of Paris to the press. “We must force much more possibilities for women to access positions of responsibility”, she added.
“The fine of 90,000 euros” was “Under a system resulting from the Sauvadet law of 2012, which the government repealed by the law on the transformation of the civil service passed in June 2019”, recalled Amélie de Montchalin, Wednesday. “This repeal decision taken in 2017 was explained by the obviously absurd and counterproductive nature of this provision in terms of the fight against inequalities between women and men in administrations and local authorities. “