Fleur Pellerin, a Korean orphan who was adopted by a French family when she was six months old, was appointed France's culture minister on Wednesday.
This is her third ministerial post in the Socialist-led government after serving as minister for small business and digital economy and secretary for foreign trade and tourism.
The daily Le Monde described Pellerin as a "rising star" in French politics. France earns 57 billion euros a year from culture and tourism, which is seven times more than the French auto industry's revenues and more than twice what the country's electronics and communications industry makes.
A total of 670,000 people or 2.5 percent of the country's total workforce are employed in the culture and tourism sector.
Last year, the culture ministry's budget stood at 7.3 billion euros.