Cecile Duflot, the Housing minister, speaks before France's National Assembly in Paris, Tuesday, July 17, 2012 in this frame made from TV. The hooting and catcalls began as soon as the

 

              Cecile Duflot, the Housing minister, speaks before France
Cecile Duflot, the Housing minister, speaks before France's National Assembly in Paris, Tuesday, July 17, 2012 in this frame made from TV. The hooting and catcalls began as soon as the Cabinet minister stood, wearing a blue and white flowered dress. It did not cease for the entire time she spoke before France's National Assembly and the heckling came not from an unruly crowd, but from male legislators who later said they were merely showing their appreciation on a warm summer's day. Duflot faltered very slightly, and then continued with her prepared remarks about an urban development project in Paris. "Ladies and gentlemen, but mostly gentlemen, obviously," she said in a firm voice as hoots rang out. She completed the statement on her ministry and again sat down. None of the men in suits who preceded her got the same treatment from the deputies, and the reaction was extraordinary enough to draw television commentary and headlines for days afterward. (AP Photo / National Assembly TV) TV OUT