The Orthodox Believer with Greek Roots: Meet France's New Prime Minister, Gabriel Attal

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The new Prime Minister of France, Gabriel Attal, is an Orthodox believer and has Greek roots on his mother's side.

The 34-year-old politician, appointed yesterday as the prime minister to replace Elisabeth Borne, is the son of lawyer and film producer Yves Attal and Marie de Couriss, who previously worked in a film production company. Gabriel Attal's father, who passed away in 2015, was a French-Tunisian Jew, while his mother had Greek-Russian roots from Odessa, as stated in the politician's biography on the French Wikipedia page.

Attal, who previously served as the Minister of Education, emerged yesterday as the youngest Prime Minister in France under the Fifth Republic. His connection to his mother's religion is evident in his full name, 'Gabriel Attal de Couriss'. Despite being Orthodox, Attal openly addressed instances of encountering anti-Semitism due to his father's name. His father had warned him about the possibility of facing prejudice because of his Jewish heritage.

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