Boardroom Shakeup

French Make Room for Women at Table

France's leading boardrooms will be 50 percent female by 2015 if the country's parliament approves legislation proffered by Nicolas Sarkozy's party. A leader of the majority party, UMP, said that the law would provide a "much-needed electro-shock" to France's corporation. The changes would be incremental, requiring board seats to be 20 percent female in 18 months and 40 percent within four years. One conservative business leader said his group would support the legislation, calling quotas a "necessary evil."