JUST IN: President Macron Appoints Black Senegalese Woman As Spokesperson

Her name is Sibeth Ndiaye. Previously Macron’s communication adviser, she takes over as government spokeswoman.

French President Emmanuel Macron has appointed his Senegalese-born media advisor as government spokeswoman, one of three new faces for his cabinet as it gears up for the European Parliament elections next month.

Sibeth Ndiaye, a 39-year-old born in Dakar, only obtained French citizenship in 2016 while working as a media advisor for Macron’s presidential campaign.

She replaces Benjamin Griveaux, whose resignation last week came ahead of a suspected run for Paris mayor next year. “France has given me a lot. Today, it’s my turn to give something back,” Ndiaye said at a handover ceremony in Paris on Monday, praising her parents for helping her and her sisters “break through glass ceilings”. After growing up with a politician father and a mother who was president of Senegal’s Constitutional Council, Ndiaye moved to Paris to study at university and became a leftwing student activist before joining the Socialist Party in 2002.

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