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Najat Vallaud-Belkacem seeks the presidency of France land of asylum


On Saturday July 2, the board of directors of France Terre d’Asile (FTA) was to elect Najat Vallaud-Belkacem as its president. The former socialist minister for national education and minister for women’s rights under François Hollande, also a former elected representative from Lyon, joins the association for a three-year term.

She takes over from Thierry Le Roy, from the Council of State, who had held these positions for six years. “For my estate, we did some scouting work among retired senior civil servants, people who have thoughts on asylum or international affairs or even people who have had political responsibilities”he reports.

The choice therefore fell on Vallaud-Belkacem, who distanced himself from political life after his failure in the 2017 legislative elections and a brief comeback during the regional elections of 2021, where his list was beaten in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

“A voluntary commitment”

After a stint with the polling company Ipsos, she has been France director since March 2020 of the advocacy NGO ONE, which fights “against extreme poverty and preventable diseases”. A retraining that echoes the arrival of Benoît Hamon, also a former minister under François Hollande and former presidential candidate, to the general management of the refugee aid NGO Singa, in September 2021. In 2018, c t is the former environmental minister Cécile Duflot who joined the general management of the NGO fighting against poverty Oxfam.

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Alongside his professional activity at ONE, Mme Vallaud-Belkacem has for four years chaired the strategic council of the Tent foundation, a network of companies in favor of the employment of refugees. She is also collection director at Fayard.

“ONE remains my main activityexplains the interested party. The presidency of the Board of Directors of France Terre d’Asile is a voluntary commitment, which aims to ensure strategic thinking. » The operational management of the association is assumed by Delphine Rouilleault.

“We wondered if the political past of Najat Vallaud-Belkacem was embarrassing, because France Terre d’Asile is a State operatorconfides Mr. Le Roy, himself a former member of socialist ministerial cabinets and local elected official in Tarn-et-Garonne. But she took a step aside to engage in humanitarian work, and then she was a minister, so she has a vision of public policy. » The new president highlights her “close knowledge of the functioning of the State and local authorities”as well as its “advocacy capacity on arid issues”.

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