“I would like to thank President Havel and the Czech Republic for inviting me and for giving us in Zimbabwe and other countries, the courage to keep going.”
Trudy Stevenson, Opposition Leader, Zimbabwe, 2007

Rama Yade Attends Forum 2000 Conference

17th September 2008

Rama Yade (Ramatoulaye Yade-Zimet), France's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Human Rights, was born on December 13, 1976 in Dakar, Senegal. Her parents were both professor, her father also served as thepersonal secretary to the first President of Senegal Léopold Sédar Senghor. A Muslim, Ms. Yade was educated at Catholic schools and then at the elite Paris Institute of Political Studies (IEP), popularly called Sciences Po, where she graduated in 2000. She then worked at the Paris Town Hall and the French National Assembly before becoming an administrator at the French Senate in 2002. She joined the Union for a Popular Movement political party (UMP) in 2005 and became its National Secretary in charge of Francophonie in 2006. Ms. Yade is married to Joseph Zimet, an adviser to the Secretary of State for Defence and Veterans Jean-Marie Bockel and son of the popular Yiddish singer Ben Zimet. Rama Yade has written a book Blacks of France (Noirs de France), published by Calmann-Lévy in 2007.


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