Invited to C à Vous this Friday, May 21, Edith Cresson revealed a remark that she slipped into François Mitterrand’s ear.
With several decades of career on his track, Edith Cresson has been a heavyweight in political life. Better yet, in 1991, she became the first head of government, taking on the role of Prime Minister for François Mitterrand, after having occupied the post of Minister of European Affairs. A hierarchical relationship that did not prevent him from whispering a surprising remark to him as she told it in C to You this Friday, May 21, when the former President of the Republic had informed him of his wish to see a woman in Matignon before the end of his mandate. “Maybe we should have thought about it before“, she slipped. She adds:”I ended up accepting because he insisted a lot.” More “the worst period” quickly came to disturb his functions.
“It was the second part of the second term“, she recalled, referring to those who would have liked to steal her place at Matignon as Pierre Bérégovoy (he succeeds in fact on April 2, 1992). Edith Cresson then wanted to clear things up in C to You. Pointed out like the bête noire within the government, she would not have suffered from this unpopularity in the end. She slammed the door, wishing to turn to other projects. “I had enough of it“she simply clarified. Ready to move on, so she started his own company to help French companies wishing to conquer Eastern countries.
Edith Cresson victim of sexism
Edith Cresson was certainly tired of the sexism of the political world. Discrimination against her when she was Prime Minister. From 1981 to 1983, when she was Minister of Agriculture, she had the right to a big snub. “The FNSEA (editor’s note: National Federation of Farmers’ Unions) gave a big meeting which I went to. There was a banner spread across the room where it was written ‘Edith, we hope you are better in bed than in the ministry‘“, she remembered in C to You.
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