France’s Macron defends choice of Black academic for education minister

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MARSEILLE (Reuters) -President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday defended his choice of Pap Ndiaye for education minister, a Black academic whose appointment rekindled a debate over France’s relationship with race and the colonial heritage of a country that cherishes its universalist tradition. Ndiaye, a specialist in African-American history and minority rights and a newcomer to politics, has urged France over the years to confront its colonial past and said the country was in denial about police violence and discrimination. That was enough for his appointment last month to trigger red flags for pa…

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