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Morocco-born women feature in Paris cabinet

Belkacem, who was born in 1977 in north Morocco, is the first woman to be assigned the ministerial post of education

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Two women of Moroccan origins were assigned ministerial posts in the newly formed French government announced on Tuesday evening by President Francois Hollande.

Myriam El-Khomri was appointed minister of urban affairs, youth and sports while Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, who was minister of women's rights in the resigned cabinet, was given the education portfolio.

Belkacem, who was born in 1977 in Bni Chiker in north Morocco, is the first woman to be assigned the ministerial post of education in France.

She was first appointed minister of women’s rights and government spokesperson on May 2012 but last April she was appointed the position of minister of women’s rights, the city, youth and sports.

El-Khomri was born in Rabat in 1978. She was elected twice as councilor in the Paris’ city council and she has also worked in the office of Paris' mayor.