New French Ministerial Appointees Rich in Jewish Heritage
Pierre Moscovici has been named France’s new Finance Minister in President Francois Hollande’s newly formed government, and Laurent Fabius has been named the country’s new Foreign Minister, making two of the top ministerial posts in France rich in Jewish origins.
Moscovici studied economics under Dominque Strass-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, and is the son of French sociologist Serge Moscovici. He studied at Ecole Nationale d’Administration (National School of Administration) and was the French Minister for European Affairs from 1997-2002.
Fabius, whose parents were both Jewish but converted to Catholicism, is a former Prime Minister and Finance Minister of France.
“He [Fabius] an exceptionally good politician. He’s very smart, he has many many diplomas and as Alain Juppe is considered to be the most gifted French politician of his generation – Fabius is the same thing for the left,” Ron Agam, the French artist with close ties to former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, told The Algemeiner.
“With Syria, Iran, there will not be a change of attitude. The relationship with the U.S. – I don’t forsee a difference, maybe some tactical or minor differences,” Agam said. “Especially coming from Fabius as he understands the dynamics of international politics very well.”
Both men are considered to be in favor of France’s close political ties to Israel, although Agam says “they should prove that they will be the friends that we want them to be.”