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#Metoo campaign sparks rallies against sexual harassment across France

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By Cristina Abellan Matamoros
#Metoo campaign sparks rallies against sexual harassment across France

<p>Women across France have organized a national rally on Sunday (October 29) to protest against sexual harassment, following #metoo campaign’s viral success in the wake of the Weinstein case. </p> <p>The initiative came from French journalist Carol Galand who in a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.fr/carol-galand/je-vous-invite-a-faire-de-metoo-autre-chose-quun-buzz-sur-les-reseaux-sociaux_a_23248905/">blog post</a> for the French version of Huffington Post called on women to protest sexual harassment out in the open. A <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/703045313222471/?active_tab=about">Facebook event</a> and a Twitter account where also created for the event. </p> <p>Since then other feminist figures such as Caroline de Haas have tweeted their support for the initiative and incentivized women to attend the rallies. </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Rdv à 15h, place de la République ! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MeToo?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MeToo</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/balancetonporc?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#balancetonporc</a> <a href="https://t.co/iQKaz5BGRZ">pic.twitter.com/iQKaz5BGRZ</a></p>— Caroline De Haas (@carolinedehaas) <a href="https://twitter.com/carolinedehaas/status/924570602509348865?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 29, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>While all major French cities organized protests in their town squares, the main gathering is taking place at the Place de la Republique in Paris. </p> <p><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-version="7" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50.0% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;"></div></div> <p style=" margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;"> <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Ba1aGSflKrp/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">Rassemblement de soutien #BalanceTonPorc et #MeToo. #OnNeLacheRien</a></p> <p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A post shared by Vesna Lhoumeau (@vesna.lhoumeau) on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2017-10-29T14:00:17+00:00">Oct 29, 2017 at 7:00am <span class="caps">PDT</span></time></p></div></blockquote> <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script></p> <p><em>Photo by @vesna.lhoumeau</em></p> <p>Earlier this week, the #metoo movement reached the <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2017/10/25/mep-says-women-are-being-molested-and-harassed-in-eu-institutions">European Parliament</a> where women <span class="caps">MEP</span>s demanded that the EU legislature stop turning a blind eye to “disgusting” practices by some of their own colleagues. </p> <p>The <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2017/10/16/metoo-twitter-trend-exposes-scale-of-sexual-abuse">three-week-old social media campaign</a> was started by actress Alyssa Milano in wake of the allegations made against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.</p>