Mr. Sarkozy arrived in Washington last Tuesday with some of the women who reflect the diversity of his cabinet: Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, a former chairwoman of the Chicago-based law firm Baker & McKenzie; Justice Minister Rachida Dati, who has a Moroccan father and an Algerian mother; and Rama Yade, (Ramatoulaye Yade-Zimet ) his 31-year-old Senegalese-born and Muslim subminister of foreign affairs and human rights. Mr. Sarkozy refers to her as his "Condi Rice."
She is married to the socialist militant and diplomat, Joseph Zimet, who is the son of the famous Yiddish singer Ben Zimet - who has recently spent 2 years in Senegal. Ben Zimet is a Canadien citizen of Jewish-Polish stock, a long-time French resident and is resident in Dakar Senegal at present. Apparently Joseph voted for Segolene Royal in the Presidential elections.
President Sarkozy with President of Senegal Abdoulaye Wade, in July this year, Rama Yade's dad is a diplomat and her mother a Professor. Her dad was the personal secretary of the socialist president, poet, writer and “immortel” Léopold Sédar Senghor and her mother was a professor of the history of Islam.