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Junior Minister for French Living Abroad and Francophony, Yamina Benguigui, Top row, second from left, Minister for Women's Rights and Government Spokesperson, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Middle row, fifth from left.

France’s first left-wing President in nearly 20 years, Francois Hollande has unveiled a government that includes three Muslim ministers.

Of the 34 ministers in Hollande’s government, three are Muslims. They include Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Yamina Benguigui and Kader Arif.

Morocco born Belkacem, 34, has been appointed as the minister for women’s rights, a position long missing from the French government.

The former presidential campaign spokesperson is also the government spokeswoman now.

The second Muslim Minister, Yamina Benguigui, Junior Minister for French Nationals Abroad is a French-Algerian film director. She is known for her films on gender issues in the North African immigrant community in France

The third Muslim minister is Kader Arif, the Junior Minister for Veterans who has been vocal in blaming Israel for French foreign affairs problems, saying Sarkozy’s Mediterranean Union was blocked by Israeli actions in Gaza.

Hollande has appointed Jean-Marc Ayrault, a veteran social democrat and German expert, as his prime minister.


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  • Justin

    The new French minister for woman’s rights is a Muslim. Lol

    • Ali

      Yes and you can lol at it cuz you don’t know about the rights of women in Islam..

      • Mel Beasley

        Everyone knows they have no rights under the barbarism of Ismam.

  • massine Ait Ameur

    Based on what can you make such claims ? The only person among the three who has made in the past statements about religion is Yamina Benguigui . The other twos , I am not sure about their religion. It is not because they are linked to North Africa through family that they are muslims. North Africans come with many religions too and a lot of people are atheists too.. Unless your claim has something to do with the name but them again in North Africa the governments impose on you the name with an arabic sounding version
    whether you are muslim or not.

  • Now you know why France is removing their troops from Afghanistan.

  • Farang

    @beowulf: how many high-ranking members of the Obama administration have ethnic or religious ties to Israel? Now you know why the US still is in Afghanistan, and why it was in Iraq for so long…

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