La belle femme socialiste française

It is an article of faith on the American political right that women on the left are decidedly less attractive. A lot of this is simple “my tribe is better than your tribe”; at least some of it is due to the perceived pastiness of white women high in Democratic Party ranks, most of whom got there by paying dues for several decades. This sort of stereotyping, never especially useful, becomes less so when dealing with younger and/or darker women of a leftist bent, and it may as well be discarded altogether outside the borders of the United States.

Meet Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, born in Morocco forty years ago. At the age of twenty-four, she joined France’s Socialist Party; at thirty, she won her first cantonal election, and thereafter was tapped for various ministerial positions at the parliamentary level.

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem at work

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem on a panel

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem on the way to work

A “non-practicing” Muslim, she has been married since 2005 to Boris Vallaud, then a classmate at the Paris Institute of Political Studies.

Vallaud-Belkacem was defeated in the 2017 election; she had been serving as Minister of National Education, Higher Education and Research under President François Hollande. (Under President Emmanuel Macron, an ex-Socialist, the one ministry was separated into two.) She says here that she’s taking some time away from French politics, but that she may return.

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