(DAILYMAIL) — France has abolished the ‘sexist’ term Mademoiselle from all official documents because it suggests a woman is ‘available’.

Prime minister Francois Fillon said the word – the French equivalent of ‘Miss’ – discriminates against women by asking them to reveal if they are married.

He has also banned the phrase ‘nom de jeune fille’ meaning ‘maiden name’ from all paperwork because it is ‘archaic’ and has ‘connotations of virginity’.

In a major victory for French feminists, the change was revealed in an official decree to ministries and regional authorities yesterday.

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