The Sexes: La Condition F

Long before there was a Mouvement de Liberation des Femmes in France, Journalist Franchise Giroud, editor of the left-leaning weekly, L 'Express, had been championing—as well as living —the life-style of an emancipated woman. A divorcee, Giroud, 57, has repeatedly spoken out for women's rights.

Now she will have a chance to do a good deal more. Last week President Valery Giscard d'Estaing appointed her to a new Cabinet post as State Secretary for la Condition Feminine. The decree creating her office defined the job as "overseeing the integration of women into contemporary French society."

The post is unprecedented. As Columnist Harriet Van...

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