Former Gov Official Joins Council Of Europe

RECASÉ The former Minister of Education, replaced by Gabriel Attal, defends an appointment in accordance with his “lifelong commitments” for human rights

A new mandate. Pap Ndiaye, just ousted from the Ministry of National Education, will now be the ambassador representing France to the Council of Europe, defending an appointment “in line” with his “always commitments” for human rights.

Less than a week after his highly commented departure from rue de Grenelle, Pap Ndiaye therefore bounces back to Strasbourg. A surprise announcement, endorsed this Wednesday morning in the Council of Ministers and formalized without drum on the penultimate page of the traditional report sent by the Elysée.

Committed “on issues of racism and discrimination”
Replaced by the young Gabriel Attal at the ministry, where he only stayed 14 months, Pap Ndiaye, a 57-year-old academic, assures AFP that this is an “appointment in line with ( s) lifelong commitments”.

I have worked for a long time on issues of racism and discrimination. And in my functions as Minister of National Education, I also paid great attention to this, ”he assures.

The arrival at the Ministry of Education of this specialist in the social history of the United States and minorities had been one of the main political bets at the start of Emmanuel Macron’s second five-year term. But for lack of political experience, he had never really managed to get out of the shadow of an omnipresent president on the theme of school.

A free man

Pap Ndiaye, who was also director of the Museum of the History of Immigration in Paris, wants to demolish the idea that this appointment would be a recasing of convenience, after having been prematurely disembarked from the government. Nor even a way for the executive to temper its supposed bitterness, after having suffered salvoes on its action within the macronist camp itself: “It is not my silence that is at stake”, he assures .

“I have always been a free man and I have always made sure to be able to express my thoughts. You cannot consider me as someone who would keep quiet. I remain a man of conviction,” he insists. Recalling in passing his recent positions against the media branch of the Bolloré group, in particular CNews, which he described in mid-July as an “extreme right” channel, remarks for which he received timid support from the executive.

Pap Ndiaye will take up his duties in Strasbourg from August 1, within this organization which ensures the defense of human rights in Europe. He takes over from Marie Fontanel, in office since September 1, 2020: this former adviser to Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace must fly to the Philippines where she has been appointed ambassador.

Decisions of the European Court of Human Rights
France is one of the 46 member states of the Council of Europe. The ambassador representing France sits each week on the Council’s “Committee of Ministers”, whose main function is to ensure that the Member States comply with the judgments and certain decisions of the European Court of Human Rights. male.

“This is a very important position because human rights issues concern all countries, including France”, recently singled out for subjects of police violence or for the treatment of people with disabilities, underlines Pap Ndiaye.

But he also said he was particularly interested in the work of the Observatory for the teaching of history in Europe, dependent on the Council of Europe and directed by the former French minister Alain Lamassoure.

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