Controversy Surrounds French Minister's Playboy Cover



by FARUK IMAMOVIC

Controversy Surrounds French Minister's Playboy Cover

Marlene Schiappa, French Minister for the Social Economy and French Associations, is facing criticism for appearing on the cover of Playboy magazine. The magazine features a 12-page interview with Schiappa, in which she discusses women's and LGBT rights, and was published to coincide with International Women's Day.

Defending Women's Rights Amidst Criticism

Schiappa's appearance on the cover, in which she is depicted wearing a white dress that highlights her cleavage, has sparked outrage among some of her colleagues and political opponents.

Green Party politician and fellow women's rights activist Sandrine Rousseau expressed her frustration, saying, "We are in the middle of a social crisis, there is the issue of policing, there are people between life and death, and I have the impression of being behind a smoke screen." Jean-Luc Melenchon, the leader of the far-left opposition party La France Insoumise, tweeted, "In a country where the President expresses himself in Pif and his minister in Playboy, the problem would be the opposition.

France is going off the rails." Despite the criticism, Schiappa remains defiant and took to Twitter to defend herself, saying, "Defending the right of women to have control of their bodies, that's everywhere and all the time.

In France, women are free. With all due respect to the detractors and hypocrites." Borne called Schiappa to say that the interview was "not at all appropriate, all the more so in the current period."

Support from Colleagues

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin came to Schiappa's defense in an interview with French news channel CNews, calling her a "woman of character." He said, "I wanted to say that Marlene Schiappa is a courageous female politician who has her character and who has her style which is not mine, but I respect." The latest issue of Playboy, featuring Schiappa's cover and interview, will be available for purchase on April 8th, according to Le Parisien.