FRANCE: Les Femmes--Pouf!

Greying, pompous, misogynous Monsieur Jules has been official barber to French parliamentarians for upwards of two decades. Last month, when he heard that women would sit for the first time in a French National Assembly, Jules resigned. "Les femmes," he sputtered. "Pouf!"

The Government's Chief of Protocol poufed back. Coiffuring was as necessary as barbering. Who was Jules to scorn such distinguished customers as Mme. Hèlène Lefaucheux, resistance organizer and Pars

Municipal Councilor; or Mme. Hèlèna Solomon-Langevin, alumna of Oswiecim concentration camp; or Mme. Félix Eboué from overseas France, widow of the late great Negro Governor General of French Equatorial Africa?...

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