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July 1, 2022 8:14 am

France Elects Jewish Woman Speaker of National Assembly

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A session of France’s National Assembly. Photo: Reuters/Benoit Tessier. – A Jewish lawyer and mother-of-five is the newly elected speaker of France’s National Assembly and the first woman to ever hold that position.

Yael Braun-Privet, 51, whose grandparents fled Eastern Europe in the 1930s to escape the Nazis, is now the fourth highest-ranking official in France after the president, prime minister and senate speaker.

Braun-Privet 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, reported The Times of Israel.

She formerly served as the president of the National Assembly law commission.

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In a speech on Tuesday after her election was announced, Braun-Privet responded to the US 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 US 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,” Braun-Privet added. “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.”

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