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 In May 2012, a Ministry for Women’s Rights was created in France.[1] On 23 July 2014, France adopted the first law that addresses gender equality in the workplace, tackling stereotypes in the media, an improved protection from domestic violence, a reform on parental leave, and measures ensuring parity in politics. [2]

France is governed by the provisions of the French Civil Code. However, both in Mayotte and the partly autonomous overseas territorial units in the Pacific (French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna), two personal statuses coexist: the same law status as in France, and a local or common law status (customary law).[3]


[1] Ministère des Droits des Femmes (n.d.) [2] Loi pour l’égalité réelle entre les femmes et les hommes, http://femmes.gouv.fr/le-parlement-a-definitivement-adopte-le-projet-de-loi-pour-legalite-reelle-entre-les-femmes-et-les-hommes/ [3] CEDAW (2006)
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