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Thursday 23 October 2014

French parliament suspended due to chicken clucking noises: MP Philippe Le Ray mocks female rival Veronique Massonneau

Veronique Massonneau: 'I am not a chicken'

Veronique Massonneau was forced to stop her address due to chicken noises
Veronique Massonneau was forced to stop her address due to chicken noises

French MP Philippe Le Ray has sparked outrage after he mocked a female rival by clucking like a chicken in parliament.

Green Party MP Veronique Massonneau was forced to stop her address to the National Assembly in Paris when conservative, Le Ray, began to make the noises.

When Massonneau resumed her speech on pension reform the clucking restarted, prompting the president of the National Assembly to step in.

Massonneau became agitated asking Le Ray, from the Union for a Popular Movement, to stop. "I am not a chicken," she said, before continuing with her address.

The speaker of the National Assembly, Claude Bartolone, briefly suspended the parliamentary session during the incident, which he described as "unbelievable behaviour".

Bartolone denounced Le Ray's behavior when members returned to the chamber.

"There are things I will never accept in this chamber," Bartolone said.

"One of them is deputies pretending to be chickens when a member of parliament is speaking. It is not acceptable."

Another female MP from the Green Party, Housing Minister Cecile Duflot, was subjected to jeers and wolf-whistles last year for wearing a dress in parliament.

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