A total of 233 women emerged in the recent parliamentary election that held in France, beating the previous record of 155 set after the last election.
In Nigeria where there are 469 federal lawmakers, only 22 are female — 15 in the house of representatives and seven in the senate.
La Republique En Marche (LREM), the party of President Emmanuel Macron fielded a gender-balanced candidate list.
According to Inter-parliamentary Union data compiled at the start of June, France jumped from 64th to 17th in the world rankings of female parliamentary representation and to 6th place in Europe, overtaking Britain and Germany.
LREM, which won an overwhelming majority in Sunday’s ballot, had the highest proportion of women elected, at 47 percent.
“For the first time under the (postwar) Fifth Republic, the national assembly will be deeply renewed, more diverse, younger,” the party’s acting president, Catherine Barbaroux, said.
“But above all, allow me to rejoice, because this…