Time for the rich and famous? A feminist lawyer revives the dormant MeToo movement in France
In an interview with the Telegraph in her Paris office, the 46-year-old criticized French culture for offering alleged attackers special protection under the myth of the “Latin lover” and the famous “culture of seduction” from the country.
But all of that is changing, not least because of her own personal experiences.
“In what women tell me, in what I see or what I hear, there is a lot that I have experienced myself,” she said.
During her 20-year career, she revealed to The Telegraph that she had been sexually harassed by a client. She stumbled across a male colleague’s payslip only to find he was making 2.5 times his salary. She was asked in a job interview if she was planning on having children and was told that could be a problem.
“Hearing about other women, whether they are famous or not, is positive, it feels good, it helps.”
Being an openly feminist lawyer in France is not always easy: she has been called a hysteric in court and often has to fight tooth and nail to have her clients’ complaints heard.
Her job also means that she works closely with victims of deep trauma, and she regularly receives desperate calls from women in extreme emotional distress who are considering suicide.
But each successful chase convinces more to come forward. Nearly 23,000 people said they were raped in 2019, according to the Home Office, a 20% increase from 2018, widely attributed to #MeToo.
“We have been more attentive to women who lodge a complaint, some women who would not have lodged a complaint before have regained their strength,” said Ms. Tuaillon-Hibon.