French minister's blue jeans sparks row

May 19, 2012, 07:56 IST | Agencies

France's housing minister has caused a stir by showing up in jeans for the new left-wing government's inaugural cabinet meeting at the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris

Cecile Duflot, 37-year-old head of the Greens ecology party, struck a lone figure in denims, while several of the 34 ministers spared no effort to look chic for the debut meeting with President Francois Hollande.

Political faux pas: Several opponents criticised Cecile’s Duflot’s choice of wearing jeans saying that ‘as a representative she should be able to distinguish between meeting clothes and weekend wear’

Less might have been said in public if Duflot had not been taken to task by a pugnacious Right-wing adversary whose disparagement fired up debate on Twitter.  “Personally speaking, when you are a representative of the French people you have to distinguish between cabinet meeting clothes and weekend dilettante wear,” said Nadine Morano, who was a minister until the Left took over this week.

Duflot, also the sole minister to arrive and leave by public transport, earned qualified support from former health minister Roselyne Bachelot, who issued a Twitter message saying: “Frankly, if Duflot’s jeans are made in France she did well to wear them to the cabinet meeting.”  

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