Updated: February 26, 2021
French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday appointed Senegalese-born Sibeth Ndiaye as the spokeswoman of France.
She is replacing Benjamin Griveaux who stepped down last week to mount a bid for Paris mayor.
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“France has given me a lot. Today, it is my turn to give something back,” she said on Monday at the handover ceremony.
She holds a master’s degree in economics and is a mother of three children. She’s been in the communication business for about 10 years and French journalists say she knows the ins and outs of French politics by heart, although she can sometimes be forceful when dealing with the press.
New French minister and government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye became a French-citizen in 2016 and has spent almost five years at Emmanuel Macron’s side as his media adviser.
Her role as media adviser is said to have been instrumental to the election of Mr. Macron.
“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.