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Hoots in parliament: France mulls harassment law
After catcalls and hoots for a woman in Parliament, French sexual harassment law nears passage
By The Associated Press

PARIS (AP) French lawmakers are nearing passage of a law on sexual harassment, more than two months after the country's previous one was thrown out by a court and all pending cases along with it.

In the meantime, women in France have been without recourse something the government hopes will change soon.

The French Assembly, which takes up the law today, is the same place where last week a female member of the Cabinet faced hoots and catcalls, apparently for wearing a brightly colored dress in session.

Women's rights advocates say they fear the law could be a hard sell for those under pressure to keep their jobs in a difficult economy.

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