Am I correct in understanding that French now frowns on the use of the word "mademoiselle"? I heard a fragment in a news program or documentary that implied that it was sexist to use "mademoiselle" (and perhaps "madame"), presumably because it treats females differently depending on whether they are married or not, which is arguably sexist. Is this true or did I miss some important context?
If "mademoiselle" (and even "madame") are felt to be offensive in some way, what is the new way of addressing women? For instance, if I walk into a room populated by women, what would I say instead of "Bonjour mesdames et mesdamoiselles"? If I am greeting a woman colleague named Giselle Fortin who I don't know well, how would I address her instead of "Bonjour Mademoiselle Fortin"? (A past French teacher who was Canadian but had worked in France for many years once told us that she knew one colleague quite well for 10 if not 20 years and ALWAYS called her "Mme. Leduc" before the other woman finally said my teacher could call her by her first name so I'm assuming that I would NOT refer to Giselle Fortin by her first name!)