Rama Yade

Real Name : Mame Ramatoulaye Yade

Born: 13/12/1976 (45 yo)
Birth place: Ouakam, Dakar (Senegal)

Citizenship : France, Senegal

Occupation : Politician


Rama Yade is a French politician who served in the government of France from 2007 to 2010. She is currently vice president of the moderate conservative Radical Party.


Yade was born in Ouakam, Dakar, Senegal. She comes from a educated, upper middle class, 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 and a diplomat. She moved to France with the rest of her family at the age of eight.[2] After her father left the country when she was fourteen, she moved into a council flat in Colombes with her mother and three sisters. She was educated in Catholic schools and then at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris, where she graduated in 2000.

Early career

Yade worked at the Paris city hall and the National Assembly. She also worked for The Greens. She later became 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.

Governmental appointments

In May 2007, she was appointed as Secretary of State for Human Rights under the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Bernard Kouchner. She denounced Muammar Gaddafi's state visit to France in 2008 due to the track record of his human rights abuse.

In November 2008, Yade was rumoured to be Nicolas Sarkozy's favorite choice for replacing Jean-Pierre Jouyet as Secretary of State for European Affairs, and was also privately asked to lead one of the UMP lists for the 2009 European Parliament elections. However, on 7 December, she declined to run for a seat in the European Parliament and declared herself "more interested in national mandate". On 9 December, Le Monde reported that Nicolas Sarkozy was "deeply disappointed" by her attitude and that she had "ruined all her chances" to succeed Jouyet. The following day, Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, in an interview with Le Parisien, said he regretted his suggestion to appoint a Secretary of State for Human Rights, although he noted that Yade had "done, with talent, what she could do". She had at the time the highest approval rating in the French government, with over 70%.

She was moved to the post of Secretary of State for Sports on 24 June 2009. Some interpreted this as a demotion in connection with Sarkozy's disapproval of her decision to not stand in the European elections. In 2010, she criticised the French national football team for staying in expensive hotels during the 2008–2012 global recession.

She was appointed as French Ambassador to the UNESCO in December 2010.[ By April 2011, it was rumoured that she would be fired. She quit her job in June 2011.

Radical Party

In 2012, she left the UMP, joined the Radical Party and supported Jean-Louis Borloo in the presidential elections until he decided not to run. She later supported Nicolas Sarkozy, but joined the New Centre. She serves as President of the Allons Enfants! think tank.

Parliamentary elections


She ran and lost in the 2012 parliamentary elections for the National Assembly of France. She now works for a human resources firm based in Paris, Cursus Management.

Electoral fraud accusations

In February 2013 she was accused of electoral fraud for giving a false address to get on an election list. In March 2013, in the court of Nanterre, she was acquitted of all charges against her.

Political positions

Rama Yade is moderate-conservative and a feminist.

Affirmative action

  • Burqas

In 2009, she said that she was not opposed to ban on burqas in France. Rama believes that this ban should be decided "as a defense of secularism and the dignity of women" and calls on Muslims to "leave the literal text behind, and adjust to the times." In 2010, she called for a referendum on banning the full veil burqas in France, in order to circumvent any legal obstacles.

  • LGBT rights

As Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Human Rights of France, Yade met with several LGBT organizations on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in 2008 and announced to the organizations that henceforth the government officially recognized that day. She announced that she would appeal to the United Nations for the universal decriminalization of homosexuality, and asked, “How can we tolerate the fact that people are stoned, hanged, decapitated and tortured only because of their sexual orientation?” When asked about the issue of same-sex marriage in 2009, she replied that it was not up to her to settle the question for society.

When she became Secretary of State for Sports, she fought against homophobia in sports and participated in the third FARE Conference Against Homophobia in Paris in 2011.

In a June 2011 interview she said she would have voted for same-sex marriage if she had been in the National Assembly. In a 2012 interview with Le Parisien, she said, "To societal issues like this or gay marriage, it is legitimate to propose a referendum. We'll see if the left will have the courage to give voice to the people." She said in 2013 interview that her support for same-sex marriage was consistent with her fight on equal rights and claimed that she had been designated as the most gay-friendly member of the government. On February 1, Rama Yade had signed with MP Yves Jégo, Jean-Christophe Lagarde, Senator Chantal Jouanno, an article in Le Monde in favor of gay marriage in the name of equality.

  • Foreign vote

When asked about the issue of foreign vote, Yade said it should be left to a referendum and said she was against it and said "Foreigners do not claim the right to vote. What they want is their children who are French, are elected to the Assembly, are well represented in the political, economic spheres media. In short, they are integrated. Now this is the bad conscience of the left for thirty years."

  • Syrian Civil War

On the issue of the civil war in Syria, she said France must act and that the military opinion must be used because now the Syrians asked.

  • Taxes

On the issue of taxes, Yade has said "We're losing the rich, like Gerard Depardieu, and the poor feel betrayed," referring to workers at factories expected to close down. "France is the one getting weakened, and its future is being sold off cheaply," she said.

Personal life

She is married to Joseph Zimet, the son of Yiddish singer Ben Zimet, and an adviser to former Secretary of State Jean-Marie Bockel.

She is a Muslim and a feminist.

Websites & Social Networks


Political Alignment       

  • UMP (2005-2011)
  • Radical Party (since 2011)
  • UDI (since 2012)

French Political Occupation :

  • Secretary of State for Human Rights under the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs (june 19th, 2007 – june 23rd, 2009)
  • Councillor opposition to the city of Colombes (since March 2008)
  • Secretary of State for Sports Sports (june 23rd, 2009 –november 13rd, 2010)
  • Regional Advisor of Ile-de-France (since march 2010)
  • French Ambassador to the UNESCO (december  22nd,  2010 – june 30th, 2011)
  • Vice-President of the UDI party (since 2012)


  • Noirs de France (Calmann-Lévy, 2007)
  • Les droits de l'homme expliqués aux enfants de 7 à 77 ans (Éditions du Seuil, 2008)
  • Lettre a la jeunesse (Éditions Grasset, 2010)
  • Plaidoyer pour une instruction publique (Éditions Grasset, 2011)