Sibeth Ndiaye, a 39-year-old Senegalese has been appointed the French government spokeswoman in new cabinet changes made by President Emmanuel Macron. Sibeth, born in Dakar worked as Mr Macron’s media adviser during his presidential campaign.

“France has given me a lot. Today, it’s my turn to give something back,” Ms Ndiaye said at a handover ceremony in Paris on Monday. She praised her parents and siblings for helping her “break through glass ceilings”. Ms Ndiaye obtained her French citizenship only three years ago. She moved to Paris to study at university and became a left-wing student activist before joining the Socialist Party in 2002

“Her nomination is a strong endorsement of diversity in a high-profile job, a promotion and a sign of the president’s trust,” one of Macron’s top advisers, Philippe Grangeon spoke.