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The business of gender parity

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Anne Lauvergeon, head of French nuclear giant Areva, seals a deal as Anne-Marie Idrac, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, looks on.
Anne Lauvergeon, head of French nuclear giant Areva, seals a deal as Anne-Marie Idrac, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, looks on. AFP

The French government recently introduced new legislation to increase the number of women serving on the management boards of major companies to 40 per cent. But in a country where only 18 per cent of MPs are women, many sceptics believe the new measures will not work.