French right-wing weekly sparks storm over new Morocco-born minister
Published on Sep 3, 2014 7:23 PM
PARIS (AFP) - A far-right weekly has sparked a firestorm of controversy by describing France's new education minister as a "Moroccan Muslim" and calling the appointment of the 36-year-old rising star a "provocation."
Moroccan-born Najat Vallaud-Belkacem is the first woman in French history to hold the office of education minister, the latest step in a brilliant career for the telegenic protegee of President Francois Hollande.
But far-right magazine Minute splashed a picture of her on the cover of its latest issue that hit news-stands on Wednesday with the caption: "A Moroccan Muslim at the national education (ministry). The Najat Vallaud-Belkacem provocation."
It is not the first time the magazine has sparked outrage.
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