A new French government was announced on Tuesday by President François Hollande. One of the biggest changes was the appointment of France’s first female Education Minister, Moroccan-born Najat Vallaud-Belkacem.
The 37-year-old Moroccan-born, rising star of the French left, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem becomes the first female and the youngest ever French Education Minister to take in charge the sensitive portfolio of National Education, Higher Education and Research.
As the new French government was announced, Najat Belkacem hit the headlines of the French media outlets. Great part of the French media hailed the new Minister of Education.
Vallaud-Belkacem, who was minister for women´s rights, youth and sport before becoming the first woman to take charge of the education portfolio, became a hate figure for the right when she backed an experimental reform introduced into 275 primary schools last year aimed at overcoming gender stereotyping. The minister was dubbed "Khmer Rose" by the rightwing Le Figaro, and was accused of importing the controversial gender theory from the US.
Vallaud-Belkacem, told FranceInfo radio that "pointless polemics" would have no place in her ministry and that she was "committed to the equality of boys and girls more than anything else."