French MPs' 'boozy dinners' slammed after sexist chicken clucks
PARIS (AFP) - France's government spokeswoman complained on Wednesday of lawmakers partaking in too many "boozy dinners" after a right-wing MP mocked a female member of parliament with chicken noises.
Green Party MP Veronique Massonneau was interrupted in the National Assembly on Tuesday night by a lawmaker with the right-wing UMP party who made clucking noises while she presented an amendment.
The incident was widely denounced as sexist in a country where the word chicken is often used as a derogatory term for women. It follows several other recent cases of female politicians being mocked.
"It is regrettable that some people have difficulty maintaining an attitude that is consistent with their functions after obviously boozy dinners," government spokeswoman Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said after a cabinet session.