PARIS, May 17, CMC – In an unprecedented move in French politics, three blacks – two of them women and all from France’s overseas departments in the Caribbean – have been named as ministers as President Francois Hollande’s cabinet held its first meeting Thursday.
Christiane Taubira, from French Guiana, has been named minister of justice in the new Socialist government, becoming the first black woman to made a full minister.
Two other ministers, both from Guadeloupe, have been named ministers in the Hollande administration.
Victorin Lurel is the new minister in charge of overseas departments while George Pau-Langevin – now a member of Parliament representing the French capital – has been named junior minister for educational success.
The cabinet picks in France’s first socialist government in a generation, appeared as much to fulfil expectations of diversity and equality from a centre-left government as a reward for Caribbean voter support.
The French Overseas Departments, or DOMs as they are called, swung emphatically in favour of Hollande as he swept Sarkozy from power in France’s presidential election runoff on May 6.
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