Playboy magazine will feature a French minister on its front cover.
Marlene Schiappa is the minister for social economy in Emmanuel Macron’s government. She will be fully dressed and interviewed in the French edition.
Fellow politicians have criticised her decision to appear on the cover, as they are facing huge backlash due to Mr Macron’s reforms to pensions.
The most violent strikes and protests France’s seen in many years has been triggered by the increase in the state pension age, which has now risen from 62 to 64.
Sandrine Rousseau, Green MP and said on TV channel BFM that she felt a lack of respect for the French people.
“People who will have to continue working for two more years, who demonstrate, who are losing days on their salary, and who can’t eat due to inflation, are going to be required to work.”
“Women’s bodies should have the right to be exposed wherever they choose, that’s something I support, but it must be done within a social context.”
According to reports, Elisabeth Born, the French Prime Minister, called Ms Schiappa and told her that the cover was “not at all appropriate” – particularly in the current period.
Ms Schiappa, a mother of two, defended her decision via Twitter.
She wrote, “Defending women’s right to choose what they do with their bodies: anywhere and everywhere”
“French women are free. It doesn’t matter if it bothers the hypocrites and retrogrades.
Jean-Christophe Florentin, French Playboy editor, said that Ms Schiappa was “most Playboy compatible”, because of her feminist views.
According to Le Parisien newspaper, the magazine will be available for purchase starting 8 April.
Before she was named as a junior minister in 2017, Ms Schiappa was a blogger and author who focused on women’s issues.
She was formerly equalities minister and introduced legislation to make street harassment and cat-calling illegal.
She also praised the #MeToo French social media campaign , which was .