A controversial €90,000 fine imposed on the office of Paris mayor late in 2020 has been canceled, a French minister has said. The hefty fine was levied on the city for hiring too many women into managing positions.

The cancelation of the fine was announced by Amelie de Montchalin, the county’s minister for transformation and public service, on Wednesday after she met with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.

The minister told Hidalgo the “fine was not due” and urged her to devote the funds saved with the penalty cancelation “to maintaining this positive dynamic,” de Montchalin said in a press release. The official also maintained that the central government shares “the same objective” of promoting gender equality and having more women in managing positions. (RT)