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In France, a New Fashion Regime Reigns

The cabinet of French President François Hollande includes 17 women ministers, many of whom are reimagining French political style.

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Najat Vallaud-Belkacem

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Najat Vallaud-Belkacem

Portfolio:
Women’s rights and government spokeswoman.

Age: 34, the mother of three-year-old twins.

Backstory: Born in Morocco, Vallaud-Belkacem is second in a family of seven children. In 1982, she rejoined her father, a building worker, in the suburbs of Amiens in the north of France, where she grew up.

Piled on her desk: A new law against sexual harassment.

Style: Tailored suits from high-street brands and sometimes an old-school, preppy-ish look with collars over the sweater.

 

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