French Members of the European Parliament
in Democracy, social resources and political power in the European Union
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The European Parliament is a dominated element in the evolving European political field. From 1979 to 1999, French electors have been choosing their representatives to the European Parliament directly and by proportional vote, with a 5 per cent threshold rule. The 1999 contingent of French Member of the European Parliament (MEPs) fits by and large the profile of their predecessors. The level of women's representation in the European Parliament varies from one European Union country to another. The poor representation of women in France's power elite has long been the subject of complaint, both in France and abroad. In France, entrance to the European Parliament is regulated by political party leadership that decides on the composition and order of election lists. Beginning in the 1980s, women's positions and opportunities in French politics have certainly changed for the better.

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