Rachida Dati: Mother Justice

Philippe Wojazer / Reuters

STEPPING OUT: A newborn won't sideline Dati

Few issues have touched such a raw nerve in France recently as Minister of Justice Rachida Dati's decision to return to work just five days after giving birth. Hours after Dati left the hospital with newborn Zohra on Jan. 7, she bounded into the Elyseé Palace — sans bébé — for the first cabinet meeting of 2009. She was at that moment not a new mother but an embattled politician, fighting for her job as rumors persisted that President Nicolas Sarkozy might move her out because of her regular clashes with judges and magistrates. Surely fatigued, Dati, 43, nonetheless shot the...

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