Catherine Deneuve. Photo: 30 November 2017

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Catherine Deneuve has been in additional than 100 movies in a profession spanning many years

French actress Catherine Deneuve has stated that males must be “free to hit on” girls.

She is one among 100 well-known French girls who wrote an open letter, warning a couple of new “puritanism” sparked by latest sexual harassment scandals.

The letter deplores a wave of “denunciations” after claims that US film mogul Harvey Weinstein has raped or sexually assaulted dozens of girls.

Mr Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual intercourse.

Nonetheless, he has admitted that his behaviour has “precipitated plenty of ache”.

The letter by French girls writers, performers and lecturers was printed in France’s Le Monde newspaper on Tuesday.

“Males have been punished summarily, compelled out of their jobs when all they did was contact somebody’s knee or attempt to steal a kiss,” it stated.

“Rape is against the law, however attempting to seduce somebody, even persistently or clumsily, will not be – and neither is males being gentlemanly a chauvinist assault.”

The authors argued that there was a brand new “puritanism” afoot on the earth.

They stated that whereas it was official and needed to talk out in opposition to the abuse of energy by some males, the fixed denunciations have spiralled uncontrolled.

In accordance with the writers, that is making a public temper through which girls are seen as powerless, as perpetual victims.

“As girls we don’t recognise ourselves on this feminism, which past denouncing the abuse of energy, takes on a hatred of males and of sexuality.”

Ms Deneuve, 74, has just lately spoken brazenly in opposition to social media campaigns, which, she says, disgrace males accused of harassing girls.

The Oscar-nominated actress has performed in additional than 100 movie in a profession spanning greater than six many years.