After two years in exile in Washington, Rama Yade returned to France. The former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Human Rights explained why.
During her separation from her husband Joseph Zimet, Rama Yade, former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Human Rights, then Sports, has decided to move to the United States on a whim : ” There, facing Mont Ventoux, which I saw as an allegory of political life, a sacred mountain to climb, I concluded that the obstacle was too big for the moment ” If the metaphor is beautiful, the trip across the Atlantic was not always easy. The 43-year-old woman left with his 5 year old granddaughter, Jeanne and she discovered a rather closed world as she tells it to Gala : ” There is, she says, the world of expatriates around the French high school, punctuated by parental competitions for the most beautiful international meal, cultural events organized by embassies, the US political world around lobbies, multinationals, and of course the White House … I learned a lot to navigate between these worlds ”
Home Sweet Home
After two years in Washington, where she joined the think tank Atlantic Council, Rama Yade has decided to return to France. Indeed, she did not want to separate her daughter from her father and her family for too long. Even if this experience was very rich for this former politician, she does not wish to resume her political career: In this new life, far from politics, I have regained a certain mastery of time. Especially for friends who have been neglected for so long. For reflection, I teach at Sciences po. I rearm intellectually, but I’m not trying to get back into the political ring. I live day by day “