• The 39-year-old born in Dakar worked as Macron’s media adviser during his presidential campaign.
• She praised her parents and siblings for helping her “break through glass ceilings”.
Senegalese-born Sibeth Ndiaye has been appointed as the French government spokeswoman in new cabinet changes made by President Emmanuel Macron.
The 39-year-old born in Dakar worked as Mr Macron’s media adviser during his presidential campaign.
“France has given me a lot. Today, it’s my turn to give something back,” Ms Ndiaye said at a handover ceremony in Paris on Monday.
She praised her parents and siblings for helping her “break through glass ceilings”.
Ms Ndiaye obtained her French citizenship only three years ago.
She moved to Paris to study at university and became a left-wing student activist before joining the Socialist Party in 2002, news agency AFP reports.
“Her nomination is a strong endorsement of diversity in a high-profile job, a promotion and a sign of the president’s trust,” Philippe Grangeon, one of Macron’s top advisers, told French daily Le Monde.