Dalai Lama blasts China on French trip

ROQUEREDONDE, France, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, touring France, says China is continuing its political crackdown in Tibet during the Beijing Summer Olympics.
France's food fight

France's food fight

LONDON, April 16 (UPI) -- France has fought a stubborn and increasingly desperate rearguard action for the past 30 years to protect its farmers against the competition of world markets through the mechanism of Europe's Common Agricultural Policy. But the answer to food shortages is fewer tariffs and more competition for farmers everywhere to sell wherever they can.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
Rama Yade
Rama Yade, French Minister of State, watches the riders along the Avenue des Champs-Elysees during the final stage of the Tour de France in Paris on July 26, 2009. Spaniard Alberto Contador won his second consecutive Tour de France title. (UPI Photo/ David Silpa)

Rama Yade (born Mame Ramatoulaye Yade on December 13, 1976 in Ouakam, Senegal) is a French politician who has served in the government of France since 2007. She is currently the Secretary of State for Sports and married to Joseph Zimet - son of famous Yiddish singer Ben Zimet, an adviser to Secretary of State Jean-Marie Bockel.

Yade comes from a Lebou family. Her mother Aminata Kandji was a professor and her father Djibril Yade, also a professor, was the personal secretary of Senegalese President Léopold Sédar Senghor. Yade was educated in Catholic schools and then at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris, where she graduated in 2000.

Yade worked at the Paris city hall and the National Assembly before becoming an administrator in the Senate in 2002. She joined the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) political party in 2005 and became National Secretary in charge of Francophonie in 2006. She credits Nicolas Sarkozy's charisma with making her want to join the UMP.

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