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France to tackle internet sexism

Digital Economy Minister Fleur Pellerin visits the AppGratis company in Paris Reuters/Charles Platiau

France's digital watchdog has been charged with tackling sexism online. Digital Economy Minister Fleur Pellerin and Women's Rights Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem have commissioned a report on the image of women on the web.

"How should se react when social networks or video games spread sexist clichés when there may not be anywhere to complain?" Pellerin asked in an interview with the Journal De Dimanche Sunday newspaper.

Company chiefs should be reminded of their responsibility on the matter, she said, and young women should be encouraged to seek jobs in the sector "through a campaign of communication with portraits of businesswomen and female developers".

Although the sector is orientated towards the future, "you find in digital the same proportion of average sexists as anywhere else", she said.

The Conseil National du Numérique (CNN) is to come up with proposals by the end of March.