The appointment by French president Nicolas Sarkozy of the first ethnic minority figure in a senior cabinet post, with Rachida Dati named as justice minister, is very positive for Arabs and Muslims, according to the head of the largest Muslim organisation, the Union of Islamic Organisations in France (UOIF),Thami Breze.
“This is not the first time an Arab becomes minister but it is a first in terms of the importance of the portfolio,” Breze told Adnkronos International (AKI).
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For me, Rachida Dati is not a product of immigration. Her parents arrived in France at the time of decolonization, she studied in private Catholic schools and never used the label of “visible minority” to get ahead. On the contrary she always expressed her love for France and its values, declaring herself “French, of French origin”. Certainly she is ambitious, what could be more normal in politics? Character? She has plenty. One had only to see how she calmed Besancenot, who is usually a good debater, during a televised debate. She owes her success to hard work and certainly to the good contacts she made, for example with Albin Chalandon and Simone Veil. She is not a Muslim, on the contrary, she may, because of her appearance, her charm and her new position, attract the hatred of Muslims.