France’s new culture minister is Jewish and the daughter of an adviser to the king of Morocco.
Audrey Azoulay, little known to the French public, is the daughter of Andre Azoulay, adviser to Moroccan King Mohammed VI, and Katia Brami, a writer.
She was named as France’s new minister of culture and communications on Thursday last week during a reshuffle of the government.
Azoulay, 43, studied at Dauphine University and Lancaster University, and in the past also attended classes at the prestigious Sciences Po School of political science.
After competing her studies, Azoulay began her political career as a civil administrator at the general secretariat of the government.
She filled a number of positions in the public sector, and in February 2006 was appointed associate director of broadcasting in France’s National Center of Cinema. From 2011 to 2014 she served as director general in charge of audiovisual and digital media at the center.
In 2014 she was named culture and communications adviser to President Francois Hollande.
Her nomination as culture minister makes her the third culture minister to serve in Hollande’s administration, after Aurelie Filippetti and Fleur Pellerin.