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Edith Cresson, only female Prime Minister in France: “It’s not the country that is macho, it’s its political class” – France


In an interview with the JDD, Edith Cresson, the only woman to have held the post of Prime Minister, wishes “a lot of courage” to her eventual successor and castigates the “machismo” of the French political class. “The fact that it is only in France that the question” arises of appointing a woman to Matignon is “in my eyes scandalous”, denounces Edith Cresson, who remained less than 11 months in this position, from May 1991 to April 1992, during the second seven-year term of François Mitterrand.

“Has it been asked in the United Kingdom, where Margaret Thatcher exercised power for eleven years? In Germany where Angela Merkel was chancellor for sixteen years? Never. The same for Portugal where a woman had been appointed Prime Minister long before me…”, underlines Edith Ceesson. According to the former Matignon tenant, “it is not the country that is macho: it is its political class. These are the same attacks as today. They lent me comments that I had never made, they threw constant criticism at me, they made comments about my dress, ”says the former socialist leader.



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