Au revoir, Mademoiselle. Thanks to pressure from French feminist groups, dames no longer have to identify themselves as Madam (married) or Mademoiselle (unmarried) on official government documents. The only way today could improve for French women is if Dominique Strauss-Kahn announced plans to permanently emigrate.
The BBC reports that a women's group called Osez le Feminisme was behind the successful push to banish the outdated requirement that women advertise their marital status when men are spared similar requirements. But freedom from double standards in titles is far from the group's only goal. France will hold its national elections this April, and the group wants to make sure politicians support reducing the pay gap between men and women, keep abortion legal and birth control widely available, and keep advertising as un-gross as possible.
So, I guess they won their smallest battle, but it's a win nonetheless. And now we can say, with confidence that French women don't get marital status based titles.