Rama Yade

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Rama Yade
UMP meeting Paris regional elections 2010-03-17 n11.jpg
Rama Yade in 2010
Personal details
Born (1976-12-13) 13 December 1976 (age 37)
Ouakam, Dakar, Senegal
Nationality Franco-Senegalese
Political party Union for a Popular Movement (2005-2012)
Radical Party (2012-present)
New Centre (2012-present)
Spouse(s) Joseph Zimet
Residence Bournard Street, 92700 Colombes, Paris, France[1]
Alma mater Sciences-Po Paris
Occupation Politician
Religion Islam[2]
Website www.rama-yade.fr

Rama Yade (born Mame Ramatoulaye Yade; December 13, 1976) is a Senegalese born French politician who served in the government of France from 2007 to 2010. She is currently vice president of the moderate conservative Radical Party.[3]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Yade was born in Ouakam, Dakar, Senegal.[2] She comes from an educated, upper-middle-class, Lebou family. Her mother, Aminata Kandji, was a professor and her father, Djibril Yade, also a professor, was the personal secretary of Senegalese President Léopold Sédar Senghor and a diplomat.[2] She moved to France with the rest of her family at the age of eight.[2] After her father left the country when she was fourteen, she moved into a council flat in Colombes with her mother and three sisters.[2] She was educated in Catholic schools and then at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris, where she graduated in 2000.[2]

Early career[edit]

Rama Yade, May 2007

Yade worked at the Paris city hall and the National Assembly. She also worked for The Greens.[2] She later became an administrator in the Senate in 2002.[2] She joined the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) political party in 2005 and became National Secretary in charge of Francophonie in 2006. She credits Nicolas Sarkozy's charisma with making her want to join the UMP.[2]

Governmental appointments[edit]

In May 2007, she was appointed as Secretary of State for Human Rights under the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Bernard Kouchner. She denounced Muammar Gaddafi's state visit to France in 2008 due to the track record of his human rights abuse.[2]

In November 2008, Yade was rumoured to be Nicolas Sarkozy's favorite choice for replacing Jean-Pierre Jouyet as Secretary of State for European Affairs, and was also privately asked to lead one of the UMP lists for the 2009 European Parliament elections. However, on 7 December, she declined to run for a seat in the European Parliament and declared herself "more interested in national mandate".[4] On 9 December, Le Monde reported that Nicolas Sarkozy was "deeply disappointed" by her attitude and that she had "ruined all her chances" to succeed Jouyet.[5] The following day, Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, in an interview with Le Parisien, said he regretted his suggestion to appoint a Secretary of State for Human Rights, although he noted that Yade had "done, with talent, what she could do".[6] She had at the time the highest approval rating in the French government, with over 70%.[7]

She was moved to the post of Secretary of State for Sports on 24 June 2009. Some interpreted this as a demotion in connection with Sarkozy's disapproval of her decision to not stand in the European elections.[8] In 2010, she criticised the French national football team for staying in expensive hotels during the 2008–2012 global recession.[9]

She was appointed as French Ambassador to the UNESCO in December 2010.[10] By April 2011, it was rumoured that she would be fired.[11] She quit her job in June 2011.[12][13][14]

Radical Party[edit]

In 2012, she left the UMP, joined the Radical Party and supported Jean-Louis Borloo in the presidential elections until he decided not to run.[12][14][15] She later supported Nicolas Sarkozy, but joined the New Centre.[15][16] She serves as President of the Allons Enfants! think tank.[17]

Parliamentary elections[edit]

She ran and lost in the 2012 parliamentary elections for the National Assembly of France.[15][18][19] She now works for a human resources firm based in Paris, Cursus Management.[20][21]

Political positions[edit]

Rama Yade is moderate-conservative and a feminist.[22]

Affirmative action[edit]

She favors affirmative action.[23]

Burqas[edit]

In 2009, she said that she was not opposed to ban on burqas in France. Rama believes that this ban should be decided "as a defense of secularism and the dignity of women" and calls on Muslims to "leave the literal text behind, and adjust to the times."[24] In 2010, she called for a referendum on banning the full veil burqas in France, in order to circumvent any legal obstacles.[25]

LGBT rights[edit]

As Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Human Rights of France, Yade met with several LGBT organizations on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in 2008 and announced to the organizations that henceforth the government officially recognized that day.[26] She announced that she would appeal to the United Nations for the universal decriminalization of homosexuality, and asked, “How can we tolerate the fact that people are stoned, hanged, decapitated and tortured only because of their sexual orientation?”[27] When asked about the issue of same-sex marriage in 2009, she replied that it was not up to her to settle the question for society.[28]

When she became Secretary of State for Sports, she fought against homophobia in sports and participated in the third FARE Conference Against Homophobia in Paris in 2011.[29]

In a June 2011 interview she said she would have voted for same-sex marriage if she had been in the National Assembly.[30] In a 2012 interview with Le Parisien, she said, "To societal issues like this or gay marriage, it is legitimate to propose a referendum. We'll see if the left will have the courage to give voice to the people."[31] She said in 2013 interview that her support for same-sex marriage was consistent with her fight on equal rights and claimed that she had been designated as the most gay-friendly member of the government.[32] On February 1, Rama Yade had signed with MP Yves Jégo, Jean-Christophe Lagarde, Senator Chantal Jouanno, an article in Le Monde in favor of gay marriage in the name of equality.[33][34]

Foreign vote[edit]

When asked about the issue of foreign vote, Yade said it should be left to a referendum and said she was against it and said "Foreigners do not claim the right to vote. What they want is their children who are French, are elected to the Assembly, are well represented in the political, economic spheres media. In short, they are integrated. Now this is the bad conscience of the left for thirty years."[31]

Syrian Civil War[edit]

On the issue of the civil war in Syria, she said France must act and use the military option because the Syrians requested it.[31]

Taxes[edit]

On the issue of taxes, Yade has said "We're losing the rich, like Gérard Depardieu, and the poor feel betrayed," referring to workers at factories expected to close down. "France is the one getting weakened, and its future is being sold off cheaply," she said.[3]

Convictions[edit]

In April 2013, she was convicted for libeling and slandering Manuel Aeschlimann.[35]

In September 2013, she was sentenced to pay a 2000 euro fine and 4000 euros in damages for libeling her political rival Philippe Sarre.[36]

In January 2014, she was again convicted for slandering Jean-Marie Le Pen and his daughter Marine Le Pen.[37]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Joseph Zimet, the son of Yiddish singer Ben Zimet, and an adviser to former Secretary of State Jean-Marie Bockel.[2] She is a Muslim[2] and a feminist.[22]

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ournard Street, 92700 Colombes
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Rama Yade: The political star who's eclipsing Sarko, The Independent, 14 April 2009
  3. ^ a b "Gérard Depardieu to return French passport" (Press release). The Telegraph. 16 Dec 2012. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Rama Yade annonce qu'elle n'est pas candidate à un mandat européen". AFP, 2008-12-08
  5. ^ "Nicolas Sarkozy exclut de nommer Rama Yade aux affaires européennes. Le Monde, 200-12-09
  6. ^ Bernard Kouchner: "« J’ai eu tort de demander un secrétariat d’État aux Droits de l’homme »". Le Parisien, 2008-12-10.
  7. ^ Rama Yade: The political star who's eclipsing Sarko The Independent. 14 April 2009
  8. ^ Emma Charlton and Carole Landry, "Sarkozy shakes up cabinet", AFP, 23 June 2009.
  9. ^ France World Cup hotel 'too flashy' says junior sports minister, The Guardian, 6 June 2010
  10. ^ Rama Yade nommée ambassadrice à l'Unesco, Le Monde, 22/12/2010
  11. ^ Jim Jarrasse, Rama Yade : «J'existerai après l'Unesco», Le Figaro, 22/04/2011
  12. ^ a b Rama Yade quitte son poste d'ambassadrice à l'Unesco, Le Figaro,
  13. ^ Rama Yade coupe le cordon de la sarkozie, Le Point, 16/06/2011
  14. ^ a b Sarkozy's UNESCO envoy Rama Yade backs rival's campaign, The Australian, June 16, 2011
  15. ^ a b c Laureline Dupont, La girouette Rama Yade n'est pas à une contradiction près, Marianne, 11 June 2012
  16. ^ Raphael Stainville, Les orphelins de Borloo, Le Figaro, 08/10/2011
  17. ^ Allons Enfants! official website
  18. ^ Législatives : Rama Yade éliminée au premier tour, Le Monde, 11/06/2012
  19. ^ Justine Chevalier, Rama Yade éliminée, Le Parisien, 11/06/2012
  20. ^ Anne Rovan, [1], Le Figaro, 04/11/2011
  21. ^ Rama Yade devient chargée de mission dans le privé , Elle, 09/11/2011
  22. ^ a b "Conservative black women bring fresh perspectives to feminism" (Press release). The Giro. October 22, 2009. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  23. ^ "I embody everything that politicians are not:. Female, young, black and Muslim" (Press release). linternaute.com. March 2007. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Rama Yade is not opposed to the law banning the burqa" (Press release). Elle. 2009-06-20. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Sailing: Yade advocates a referendum to circumvent legal obstacles" (Press release). Google. May 27, 2010. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Meeting of Mrs. Rama Yade with Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Transsexual (LGBT) organisations" (Press release). http://nottoomuch.com. 17 May 2008. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  27. ^ "In a First, Gay Rights Are Pressed at the U.N." (Press release). The New York Times. December 18, 2008. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Rama Yade Gay marriage? Maybe tomorrow ..." (Press release) (in French). linternaute.com. May 14, 2009. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  29. ^ "French State Secretary for Sport Rama Yade confirms her commitments towards the fight against homophobia in sport" (Press release). Fare Network. 18 June 2010. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  30. ^ Rama Yade: "I would have voted for gay marriage"
  31. ^ a b c "Rama Yade: "The hypocrisy of voting foreign shocks me"" (Press release). Le Parisien. 2012-09-23. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  32. ^ "Gay Marriage: "A natural evolution," according to Rama Yade" (Press release). My TFI News. January 18, 2013. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  33. ^ "Gay marriage: debate in the National Assembly" (Press release). lexpress.fr. 5 February 2013. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  34. ^ "Say yes to gay marriage" (Press release). M Ideas. 4 February 2013. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  35. ^ Rama Yade condamnée pour diffamation et injure, LCI, 25 April 2013.
  36. ^ « Rama Yade de nouveau condamnée pour diffamation », in liberation.fr, 4 December 2013.
  37. ^ Rama Yade condamnée pour avoir injurié Marine et Jean-Marie Le Pen, Le Point, 24 January 2014.

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