April 03, 2014 12:25
Fleur Pellerin, Korean-born deputy minister for small and medium-size businesses and digital economy, stepped down from her position on Wednesday.
Pellerin, who was born in Seoul in 1973 but was adopted as an infant by a French family, was unable to keep her position during a cabinet reshuffle, when Manual Valls was appointed as the new prime minister by President François Hollande following the defeat of the Socialist Party in the local elections on Sunday.
Although Pellerin was originally thought to be safe, her name was not on the list of the new cabinet ministers as her ministry was merged into the economy ministry.
SMEs and IT businessmen have protested the decision on the web. Pellerin's first visit to Korea was in March 2013, and since then, she actively worked with Korean IT companies.
Segolene Royal, who was the 2007 presidential candidate for the Socialist Party and Hollande's partner for 30 years, joined the cabinet as the minister for ecology, energy and sustainable development. Royal and Hollande separated in 2007 and have four children.
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