Marion Cotillard advises Kiwis who 'hired' Jacinda Ardern

French actress Marion Cotillard has spoken out in support of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
French actress Marion Cotillard has spoken out in support of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Photo credit: Getty

French actress Marion Cotillard has spoken out in support of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern following Ms Ardern's pregnancy announcement on Friday.

"Motherhood is a strength that we have and its difficulties we need to work with," she said at the Unifrance Rendezvous a Paris Film Festival in Paris, with her one-year-old daughter by her side.

"If they can't fire you they will put you aside or [sideline you some other way].

"Working and taking care of the kids - it's a big organisation. I have the chance to have the kids with me because I can afford a nanny, but I think about women who work and have two or three kids and no help. I mean, I just... parents are heroes."

When asked whether she had advice for Ms Ardern regarding balancing her work and a baby, Cotillard simply said, "She'll manage."

"Actually, my advice would be for the [New Zealanders] who hired her, and I would say you better keep her."

Her comments were first reported on Stuff.

Cotillard also spoke out about the #MeToo movement and the French actresses railing against it, such as Catherine Deneuve and Brigitte Bardot.

"I think this revolution that is happening right now is necessary; this is a great revolution.

"Catherine Deneuve has her freedom of speech and I respect her as a free woman, but I don't recognise myself at all in what they wrote, what they signed."

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