French minister in hot water for Playboy interview – media 

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Several French media outlets reported on Saturday that French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne had reprimanded Marlene Schiappa, the secretary of state for social economy, for giving an interview to the magazine Playboy, citing a source close to the PM.

Borne allegedly called Schiappa and told her that the interview was “not at all appropriate, especially at this time.” For weeks, France has been gripped by protests and strikes over a contentious pension reform pushed by the government. Some protests have resulted in clashes with police.

Schiappa, a former equality minister, graced the cover of the magazine’s French edition, whose new issue hits newsstands on Thursday. The 12-page interview “focuses primarily on women’s freedom but also on feminism, politics, and literature,” according to Schiappa’s office. The minister is dressed in all of the photos, according to the office.

Schiappa stated on Saturday that she is “defending women’s right to do whatever they want with their bodies.”

“Women are free in France.” “Regardless of what retrogrades and hypocrites say,” she tweeted.