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France: Moroccan-Born Myriam El Khomri Appointed Minister of Labor

Rabat – Moroccan-born Myriam El Khmori is France’s new Minister of Labor, replacing François Rebsamen who resigned from office, announced the Elysée Palace on Wednesday.

A press release by the Elysée Palace informed that French President François Hollande “appointed Mrs. Myriam El Khomri the new Minister of Labor, Employment, Vocational Training and Social Dialogue.”

El Khomri’s appointment follows the resignation of François Rebsamen from his post as Minister of Labor to become Mayor of Dijon, a city in eastern France.

Born in Rabat in 1978, Myriam El Khmori was twice elected councilor at the ParisCity Council and has also worked in the office of the Mayor of Paris.

In 2014, Myriam El Khmori was assigned Secretary of State to the Minister of Urban Affairs, Youth and Sports, responsible for urban policy.

The designation of El Khomri adds to the appointment of another Moroccan-born female, NajatVallaud-Belkacem, who was named Minister of National Education, Higher Education and Research.

Born October 4th, 1977 in BeniChiker, northern Morocco, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem has been previously appointed Minister of Women’s Rights, Minister of City Affairs, and Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports. In May 2012 she was also named Government Spokesperson.

In a previous statement, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Myriam El Khomri and NajatBelkacem “represent the diversity, the reality and the strength of France.”

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