The former cultural adviser to President Jacques Chirac hails from Morocco.
Rabat – President Emmanuel Macron has proposed Roch-Olivier Maistre, a senior civil servant and magistrate at the Court of Auditors, to head the High Audiovisual Council (CSA), Macron’s office announced on Friday.
The Elysee chose Maistre, the former cultural adviser to President Jacques Chirac, to succeed Olivier Schrameck.
Maistre, a former student of the National Administration School (ENA), was born in Meknes, Morocco, in November 1955. He is a magistrate at the Court of Auditors.
Maistre is a “media and culture connoisseur,” according to Le Figaro.
According to a survey by the French Institute of Public Opinion, there were 3.2 million people of French North African ancestry, or “pieds-noirs” like Maistre, in 2012.
The name “pieds-noirs” refers to the French from Algeria and, by extension, the French of European descent who settled or were born in French North Africa before independence.