France vows to 'name and shame' companies that pay women less Mar 09, 2018 0 37 12345 AFPParisFrench President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday marked International Women's Day with a pledge to"name and shame" companies that pay women less than men for the same work.On a visit to a Paris-based property management firm hailed as a model of gender equality, he announced plans to"drastically" increase inspections of companies to ensure they complied with a law requiring equal pay for equal work."We will put in place a 'name and shame' system to make public (the names of) companies that least respect the law," said Macron, who has made tackling sexism a key priority."No one wants to be bottom of the class on this issue," he said.The World Economic Forum last year ranked France 11th out of 144 countries for gender equality but a dismal 129th for wage equality for similar work.On Wednesday, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced plans to get tough on companies that pay women less.Under a package of workplace reforms to be finalised next month, wage screening software will be rolled out in all companies with more than 250 employees from 2019, and in all companies with over 50 employees by 2022, Philippe said.Companies found to have"unjustified" disparities will have three years to rectify the situation or face fines of up to 1 percent of their wage bill, Philippe said.Sexism and violence against women dominated the headlines in France on Thursday. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES UK to take action if Russia role proven in nerve attack Mar 09, 2018 0 330 Women-only club, The AllBright, taps London feminist tradition Mar 09, 2018 0 49 N Ireland sees no return to devolved govt for months Mar 09, 2018 0 37 Toxic particle linked to diesel kills 6,000 a year in Germany REUTERS BERLIN Some 6,000 early deaths linked to nitrogen oxides (NOx) are recorded each year in Germany, the Federal Environmental Agency said on Thursday, providing more evidence of the health hazards posed by the .. Markle baptised ahead of wedding to Prince Harry BIRMINGHAM U.S. actress Meghan Markle has been baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the spiritual head of the Church of England, ahead of her royal wedding in May to Britain's Prince Harry, the Daily Mail .. Germany set to get new foreign minister Berlin Germany's Justice Minister Heiko Maas will take over as foreign minister in Chancellor Angela Merkel's next government, media reported Thursday. The 51-year-old Social Democrat is to be officially .. Brexit deal details will be clinched on eve of British exit, says jr minister LONDON The final details of a Brexit deal may not be clinched until the eve of Britain's exit in late March 2019 but a deal will be done, British junior foreign minister Mark Field said on Thursday. "I think we are going to ..