The French broadcasting watchdog later called her comments "retrograde".
Iconic French actress Catherine Deneuve has attacked the 'puritanism' sparked by recent sexual harassment scandals, declaring that men should be 'free to hit on' women.
Around 100 French women writers, performers and academics have written an open letter deploring the wave of "denunciations" that has followed claims that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted and harassed women over decades.
They branded it a "witch-hunt" that they claim threatens sexual freedom."Rape is a crime, but trying to seduce someone, even persistently or cack-handedly, is not - nor is being gentlemanly a macho attack," said the letter published in the daily Le Monde."Men have been punished summarily, forced out of their jobs when all they did was touch someone's knee or try to steal a kiss," said the letter, which was also signed by Catherine Millet, author of the hugely explicit 2002 memoir, "The Sexual Life of Catherine M.".
The trick lies in not only recognizing them, but in having the mental and spiritual fortitude to act upon your realization and avoid the trap.