The French-Moroccan was dismissed, along with the minister of European affairs and the government spokesperson, to run election campaigns.
Rabat – France’s Secretary of State for Digital Affairs Mounir Mahjoubi is stepping down from office to run for the Paris mayoral election, announced the Elysee in a statement on March 27.
At the suggestion of Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, President Emmanuel Macron dismissed Mahjoubi alongside Minister of European Affairs Nathalie Loiseau and Government Spokesperson Benjamin Griveaux, because the three are campaigning for elections.
The president is following the principle that politicians cannot fulfil their functions as well while campaigning, according to France24.
Loiseau will head the La Republique en Marche (LREM) candidate list for the European elections on May 26. Griveaux and Mahjoubi are both LREM candidates to be mayor of Paris in the March 2020 local elections.
Mounir Mahjoubi, a 35-year-old French-Moroccan, was appointed the secretary of state for digital affairs in May 2017.
In January, Mahjoubi announced the creation of Next40, an index of 40 French tech start-ups with strong economic and environmental potential.
Mahjoubi holds a degree in business law and finance. Between 2002 and 2007, he spent his weekends working as a technician for the Internet Club, one of France’s first internet service providers.
In February 2017, Mahjoubi worked as the digital manager of Emmanuel Macron’s presidential campaign.
Mahjoubi’s Moroccan parents came to France in the 1970s from the town of Afourar in central Morocco.