Politician’s raunchy Playboy pose that sparked fury saw mag sell out ‘in hours’

An issue of Playboy with France's Secretary of State Marlène Schiappa on the front cover sold out within three hours, according to reports.

Emmanuel Macron's outspoken minister for the social economy Marlène Schiappa appeared in the April edition of the famous magazine, alongside an interview inside discussing women's and gay rights as well as abortion.

Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne previously said that the decision "was not at all appropriate, especially in the current period."

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But while many politicians voiced their opposition, the public appeared to like the special issue with the 100,000 copies released on the day of publication selling out within three hours.

And now 60,000 are being reprinted, said Playboy director Jean-Christophe Florentin on Monday in Paris, on the France Info radio station.

Normally only around 30,000 copies would be sold from an issue.

And the issue was released at a time when Paris was suffering from large scale riots after the decision from Emmanuel Macron to increase the retirement age in France.

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Green MP and fellow women's rights activist Sandrine Rousseau questioned the timing, given the social tension.

"Women's bodies should be able to be exposed anywhere, I don't have a problem with that, but there's a social context," she told the BFM TV channel.

The 40-year-old took to Twitter to respond to criticism, writing: "Defending the right of women to do what they want with their bodies: everywhere and all the time.

"In France, women are free. Whether it annoys the retrogrades and hypocrites or not."

The editor of the mag said Schiappa is the most "Playboy compatible" of ministers in Mr Macron's cabinet.

It is not the first time the activist-turned-politician has caused a stir, with the Financial Times calling her 'agent provocateur'.

In 2018 she told an audience of about 800 people "my vagina is angry" as she recited lines from Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues on the eve of International Women’s Day.

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