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Catherine Deneuve defends men's 'right to hit on' women

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She is one of 100 French women who wrote an open letter, warning about a new "puritanism" sparked by recent sexual harassment scandals.

It deplores a wave of "denunciations", following rape allegations made against US movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

A group of French feminists condemned the letter, accusing the signatories of trivialising sexual violence.

Mr Weinstein denies all allegations of non-consensual sex, but has admitted that his behaviour has "caused a lot of pain".

What does the open letter say?

The letter by French women writers, performers and academics was published in France's Le Monde newspaper on Tuesday.

"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," it said.

"Rape is a crime, but trying to seduce someone, even persistently or clumsily, is not - and nor is men being gentlemanly a chauvinist attack."

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