The first woman to hold France’s fourth highest-ranking position of power is a Jewish lawyer and mother of five Yael Braun-Privet, 51.
Braun-Privet, whose grandparents fled Eastern Europe in the 1930s to escape the Nazis, joined President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist Ensemble coalition in 2016 and has been a member of the National Assembly’s France-Israel Friendship Group since 2017. She also formerly served as the president of the National Assembly law commission.
In her speech after her appointment this week, Braun-Privet responded to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last week to overturn the Roe v. Wade ruling that guarantees the federal right to an abortion. “The brutal decision handed down [on June 24] by the U.S. Supreme Court, that reversed its commitment, that shocked us so much, is a stark reminder to be vigilant,” she said.
“Nothing should be taken for granted. History is made of great progress but is always under threat of being reversed,” said Braun-Privet, according to media reports. “This right was fought for and was inalienable. It is my conviction as a woman today that we need to be the watchdog so that it stays in place forever.”