PARIS France voted a record number of women into parliament on Sunday, thanks largely to President Emmanuel Macron's decision to field a gender-balanced candidate list for his victorious Republic on the Move (LREM) party.
"En Marche...proactively decided to give winning seats to women," said 34-year-old Brune Poirson, who beat the FN to be elected to parliament in the Vaucluse district in southeastern France.
Poirson decided to become a candidate in January when Macron sent a video to party members urging more women to put themselves forward.
A macho culture in the upper echelons of power has characterized French politics in the past, but there have been signs in recent times that the veil is lifting on acts that would previously have gone unreported.
33-year-old Laurianne Rossi, a former assistant to a Socialist senator who was elected to Hauts-de-Seine, on the Western outskirts of Paris, said even with the increase in female lawmakers, it would take time to make a real difference.