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Famous French Women Call on President Macron to Fight Sexual Harassment

© AP Photo / Bob EdmeA woman walks near election campaign posters for French centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, left, and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, in Saint Jean Pied de Port, southwestern France, Friday May 5, 2017
A woman walks near election campaign posters for French centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, left, and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, in Saint Jean Pied de Port, southwestern France, Friday May 5, 2017 - Sputnik International
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The recent sexual harassment scandal around Harvey Weinstein, a famous American film producer, prompted famous people to speak up about cases of sexual misconduct and now this issue is on the top of the European and the United States' political and media agenda.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Around 100 famous French female writers, producers, actresses, journalists and public figures urged French President Emmanuel Macron to take measures to fight sexual harassment, in an open letter obtained by the Journal du Dimanche said Sunday.

"Mister Macron, you must at once adopt a plan of urgent actions against sexual harassment," the letter said, as quoted by the media.

Earlier in the day, French Labor Minister Muriel Penicaud told the newspaper she was also hit by social harassment, in particular when she was first employed in the public service.

READ MORE: From Fatty Arbuckle to Harvey Weinstein: The Sex Scandals That Dogged Hollywood

Dozens of women, including actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and Lena Headey, said they had been assaulted by Weinstein after the New York Times released an article on October 5, saying that he had paid off women who'd accused him of sexual assault since the 1980s.

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