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Former French minister Taubira delights New York fans

Jewel Samad, AFP | Former French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira speaks at New York University on January 29, 2016.

Former French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira was treated to a standing ovation as she addressed students at New York University on Friday, just two days after quitting France’s Socialist government.

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An icon of the left, Taubira resigned on Wednesday in protest over plans to strip dual nationals of French citizenship if convicted of terrorism.

Her official meetings in the US were cancelled following her resignation. But she kept her engagement with NYU, delivering a speech on equality and justice that delighted her fans in the Big Apple.

Taubira, who hails from French Guiana on the Caribbean coast, shepherded same-sex marriage into law and is seen as a pioneer for women and minorities in French politics.

Despite her recent differences with President François Hollande, she vowed to remain “loyal” to the French leader, dismissing talk of a run for the presidency next year.

Taubira was expected to receive an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Saturday, to honour her "commitment to the values of liberty and equality for all."
 

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