Sophie Wilmès. Photo: Damien Caumiant via Wikimedia Commons.
JNS.org – Belgium’s first female prime minister, Sophie Wilmès, is Jewish.
On Sunday, she replaced Charles Michel and will lead an interim government until a coalition is formed. Michel left for a European Union position after his cabinet broke up last year. Both belong to the center-left MR Party.
Wilmès’s mother is an Ashkenazic Jew who lost several relatives in the Holocaust.
The 44-year-old holds a degree in applied communication and a degree in financial management, and previously worked as an economic and financial adviser in a law firm.