Nicole Péry

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Nicole Péry
Born (1943-05-15)May 15, 1943
Bayonne, Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Occupation Politician
Known for Former Secretary of State for Women 1998-2002

Nicole Péry (born 15 May 1943), is a French socialist politician. Her background is as a professor of literature.


  • 1973, 1978, 1981, 1988: Parliamentary candidate
  • 1977 to 1983: Deputy Mayor of Ciboure
  • 1981 to 1997: Member of European Parliament
  • 1983 - : Municipal Councillor of Bayonne
  • 1984 to 1997: Vice-President of the European Parliament
  • 1986 to 1994: Regional Commissioner of Aquitaine
  • 1997 - : Member of Parliament for Pyrénées-Atlantiques, spokesperson for the Socialist Group in the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly
  • October 1997-April 1998: Special assistant to the Prime Minister for regional languages and cultures
  • 1998 to 2002: Secretary of State for Women's Rights and Vocational Training, in the Lionel Jospin Government


Career highlights[edit]

In November 1998, the French Government reaffirmed its political intent with regards to women's rights by appointing Nicole Pery as Secretary of State for Women’s Rights and Vocational Training. At that time the Department of Women’s Rights of the Ministry of Employment and Solidarity was the main ad hoc administrative body responsible for monitoring gender equality and anti-discrimination measures. [2]

In a speech at Beijing + 5, in New York on June 5, 2000, she affirmed France's position as an abolitionist nation. [3] [4]

In 2001 she criticised a Benetton advertisement for its portrayal of women's bodies. [5] She was also critical of other advertising campaigns such as Yves Saint Laurent in 2001. "For several years, and with increasing frequency over the past months, advertising has presented images of women which many judge humiliating and degrading," [6]


See also[edit]

Prostitution in France


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