French film icon Deneuve slams #Metoo, defends men's right to hit on women
2018-01-11 09:00:00

This file photo taken on February 14, 2017 shows French actress Catherine Deneuve posing on the red carpet for the premiere of the film "Sage Femme" (The Midwife) in competition at the 67th Berlinale film festival in Berlin. France's most revered actress Catherine Deneuve hit out on January 9, 2018 at a new "puritanism" sparked by sexual harassment scandals, declaring that men should be "free to hit on" women. /VCG Photo

A group of high-profile French women, including screen legend Catherine Deneuve, has hit back at the #Metoo campaign against sexual harassment and defended men's right to hit on women.

In an open letter published in the daily Le Monde on Tuesday, the collective of 100 women – including journalists, artists, academics and medical professionals – argued “we do not identify with this feminism, which beyond denouncing the abuse of power, takes on the appearance of a hatred of men and of sexuality.”

“Rape is a crime. But persistent or clumsy flirting is not an offense,” the letter went on.

The letter comes after a wave of sexual abuse scandals in the US, which first hit Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and has since felled top figures in media, film and politics, including actor Kevin Spacey, senator Al Franken and NBC host Matt Lauer.

Source: CGTN Editor: Hiram