Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, has been fined 90,000 euros ($110,000) for appointing too many women to senior management positions.
Hidalgo appointed 11 women and 5 men to her government in 2018, which breached a law implemented in 2013 aimed at bringing about gender parity in employment.
The law states that no more than 60% of one gender can be appointed to top civil service positions in a year.
“Today I am going to rejoice that we have been sentenced to a fine. It is with joy, shared with many others, that I learned last week that the city of Paris had to pay a 90,000 euro fine,” 61-year-old Hidalgo said at a Paris City Council meeting on Tuesday.
“The management of the city hall has, all of a sudden, become far too feminist,” she joked.
However, she added the fine was “obviously absurd, unfair, irresponsible and dangerous.”
“We must promote women with determination and vigor because the gap, everywhere in France, is still very big,” Hidalgo, who was re-elected last year, said. “And so, yes, to promote and one day reach gender equality, we must pick up the pace and ensure that more women are appointed than men.”
According to official statistics, only 31% of civil service jobs in France were held by women in 2018.
However, since Hidalgo’s election as Paris’ first woman mayor in 2014, women now hold 47% of senior management positions, according to official data.