President Nicolas Sarkozy hastily altered his month-old government on Tuesday, adding women, ethnic minorities and members of rival parties to his cabinet after the second round of the parliamentary elections. The president – reviled by many minority youths because of his law-and-order crackdowns and demeaning comments – gave two junior positions to women of immigrant origin. Rama Yade, a 30-year-old French woman of Senegalese origin, will be the youngest member of the government and in charge of human rights under Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner. Fadela Amara, whose parents came to France from Algeria and who founded an advocacy group for Muslim women (Ni Putes Ni Soumises), will be in charge of urban planning.

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