While support had declined slightly by March 2022, an overall increase in French approval of various anti-discrimination measures had been observed in 2021. More than four out of five people were in favor of guaranteeing equal pay and pensions to all people doing the same job on French territory, regardless of their nationality. Many also supported strengthening legal sanctions in Europe against employers who discriminate on the basis of origin, nationality, skin color or religion, and favored anonymity for job applications reviewed by employers.
Moreover, the crisis seems to have reinforced the sensitivity of the French regarding gender equality issues. As Simone de Beauvoir said, “it only takes a political, economic or religious crisis for women's rights to be called into question”. Yet French people's level of satisfaction with this equality had dropped significantly between 2019 and 2021. Many felt that the containment periods had led to a change in the wrong direction in terms of domestic violence or precariousness.
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