|A proposal to give French female government ministers four months maternity leave is currently being considered after justice minister Rachida Dati sparked a row when she returned to work just five days after giving birth.
Ms Dati (43) gave birth to a baby daughter, Zohra, a week last Friday and she turned up for the first cabinet meeting of the New Year the following Wednesday.
A number of women's groups expressed concern at Ms Dati's behaviour, claiming that her actions undermined women's right to maternity leave and saying that she might have put pressure on other working mothers to return to their jobs without having taken time to rest.
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