Dati's lack of maternity leave prompted controversy in France earlier this month. The Socialist politician, and former presidential candidate, Ségolène Royal accused Sarkozy of bullying by giving Dati no option but to return to work for the announcement of a key justice reform, which he had scheduled himself.Readers may recall I got rather het up about Rosemary McLeod's recent column about Dati being a "man-mother".
The birth put Dati back on the front pages and is likely to boost the public popularity of the 43-year-old single mother, who will not name the father of her child.
Dati is reported to have adapted rooms at the justice ministry for the baby, and her sisters are helping with childcare. Bernadette Chirac, wife of Jacques Chirac, told the press that Dati was breastfeeding.
Sunday, 25 January 2009
at 12:01 pm by Julie
Big thanks to reader Kimberley for emailing me to point out this at the Guardian about Dati's shift from Minister of Justice to standing for the European Parliament. Most of the article is about the politics of it all, although it does talk about her controversial approach to working motherhood too: