Journalist fired after insulting France's new first lady on Twitter

Sports journalist Pierre Salviac, specialized in Rugby, was fired on Wednesday after insulting in a tweet the new first lady and female journalists, French media reported. Earlier Salviac had sent a tweet which read: “To all my female colleagues: If you sleep with the right person, you might have a chance to end up First Lady”. In his tweet, the journalist was referring to Valérie Trierweiler, partner of newly elected French president François Hollande, who is also a political journalist. The RTL Radio journalist triggered an outpouring of criticisms accusing him of “sexism” and “male chauvinism”. “In a message published on Twitter, Pierre Salviac used inappropriate and utterly unacceptable language toward his female colleagues that RTL severely condemn,” the company said. Jacques Esnous, News Director at RTL, replied to the journalist on Twitter: “Your tweet is absolutely inacceptable. This is unspeakable sexism and I utterly condemn it." The journalist aged 65, has since apologized and tweeted: “I threw a joke out there, I hurt my female colleagues. I apologize to them and delete my tweet.”

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