LONDON: A 37-year -old woman minister, who wore a knee-length floral summery dress and high heels to parliament, faced a barrage of wolf-whistles from male MPs when she stood up to give a speech.
Housing Minister Ms Cecile Duflot also faced yells of “Phwoarr” Friday as she tried to make a speech to the National Assembly in Paris, The Sun reported Saturday.
She began, “Ladies and gentlemen... obviously, more gentlemen than ladies”, but her words were drowned out.
After the howling, the minister said: “I have worked in the building trade and I have never seen anything like that. This tells you something about our MPs. I just think of their wives.”
Ms Duflot was a former town planner who once wore jeans to a cabinet meeting.
Members of the Union for a Popular Movement, the party of former president Mr Nicolas Sarkozy, were widely blamed for the abuse, The Sun said.
A video of the incident caused an outrage, with many people saying it highlighted the shortcomings of the political class.
MP Mr Patrick Balkany, a close friend of Mr Sarkozy, said Ms Duflot put on the knee-length dress “so we wouldn’t listen to what she was saying”.
Women’s Rights Minister Ms Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said: “Sexism has no frontiers. We should set a better example.”