An update on Rama Yade, the charismatic young black French human rights minister who was a major player behind the recent United Nations gay rights declaration. Ironically, Yade was sidelined in a dramatic cabinet reshuffling that gives France an openly gay cabinet minister. The Independent:
President Sarkozy also took the opportunity to settle a few scores and punish ministers who had defied or disappointed him. Rama Yade, 32, the strikingly beautiful, Senegalese-born junior foreign minister for human rights, was one of the great symbols of M. Sarkozy's "ouverture" to racial minorities, women and youth when she was first appointed in 2007. She has since angered the President by taking an independent line on Libya and China and refusing to be sent into internal exile to the European Parliament.
So much symbolism was heaped on Mme Yade's appointment, and her personal popularity is so great, that the president dared not fire her outright. The move to sport—and the abolition of her old human rights job—will however be interpreted as a punishment.
Openly gay writer and television presenter Frédéric Mitterrand, nephew of the late President François Mitterrand, becomes the new culture minister.