Macron appoints an African journalist as France spokesperson

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 communications advisor for Macron’s presidential campaign.

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She replaces Benjamin Griveaux, whose resignation last week came ahead of a run for Paris mayor next year.

She moved to Paris to study before joining the socialist party in 2002 and only obtaining her French citizenship three years ago.

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“Her nomination is a strong endorsement of diversity in a high-profile job, a promotion and a sign of the president’s trust,” Philippe Grangeon, one of Macron’s top advisers, told French daily Le Monde.

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