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Rising French political star

by Bill Hayes

The Los Angeles Times article In France, a political star seems ready to rise again tells the story of Rachida Dati, a Muslim woman who might on track to high political office.

She has been described as the nearest thing France has to Barack Obama.

The story of Rachida Dati, the child of illiterate North African immigrants who scrambled out of poverty to one of the highest offices in France, certainly echoes that of the U.S. president.

Add her feisty, full-of-herself manner and unabashed ambition, not to mention her taste for vertigo-inducing heels and Dior dresses, and Dati brings a certain je ne sais quoi to her Gallic version of the American dream. [more]