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Meet France’s First Black Government Spokeswoman

Diverging away from his predecessors, President Emmanuel Macron has surprised many in France by appointing a black government spokesperson – a woman born in Senegal.

Senegalese-born media advisor Sibeth Ndiaye 39-year-old worked day and night during the presidential campigns and ensured her candidate Macron won the elections.

Sibeth means “Queen of combattants” in the Casamance region of Senegal her native country.

Ndiaye is the second Senegalese-born woman to hold a prominent title in the French government.

She attended the Lycée Montaigne in Paris , then studied political philosophy at the University Paris-Diderot between 2004 and 2006. In 2007, she obtained a master in public economics and social protection at the University Panthéon-Sorbon.

Sibeth with members of Macron’s inner team at the president’s swearing-in

“It was my job at the time to defend and protect the President of the Republic… today, I have new responsibilities,” she told journalists.

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