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  • Sunny Jo
    Korean Adoptee Is Top Advisor to French Presidential Hopeful French presidential candidate Francois Hollande, who emerged as the frontrunner in the first round
    Message 1 of 2 , May 1, 2012
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      Korean Adoptee Is Top Advisor to French Presidential Hopeful

      French presidential candidate Francois Hollande, who emerged as the
      frontrunner in the first round of the vote, was captured on camera
      meeting with key advisers including a sharply-dressed Asian woman.
      Fleur Pellerin (39), whose Korean name is Kim Jong-sook, is the
      digital economy advisor for Hollande and a key confidante of the
      candidate. French media have singled her out as a top candidate for a
      Cabinet post if the Socialist Party candidate wins.

      Pellerin was born in Seoul in 1973. She was found in the streets when
      she was just three or four days old and sent to an orphanage. Six
      months later she was adopted by a family in France. Her younger sister
      is also a Korean adoptee.

      Her father was a technician who ran a small business, and her mother,
      who did not have much of an education, wanted her adopted daughter to
      succeed academically. "I studied very hard," Pellerin said. She passed
      her baccalaureate -- the equivalent to a high school diploma -- when
      she was just 16, two years sooner than most, and graduated from the
      prestigious ESSEC business school, Institut d'études politiques de
      Paris and École nationale d'administration.

      While working for the state audit agency in 2002, she joined the
      Socialist Party as a speech writer. "I went into politics because I
      want to reform the inequalities caused by inheritance and social
      status," Pellerin said.

      She said her past was both a source of pain and inspiration for her.
      "I was saddened by the knowledge that I had been abandoned, but I also
      realized that important things also happen by chance," like being
      adopted and finding a new family, she said. "That realization saved me
      from becoming obsessed with power and success."

      She has one daughter from her first marriage and is now married to a
      civil servant. Pellerin said she never visited Korea. "It's too bad I
      don't have any Korean friends," she said. "I'm amazed by the economic
      and social development Korea has achieved and want to visit the
      country if I get the chance."

      Asked about her long-term plans she said, "I'm not the kind of person
      who worries about the distant future, but I'd like to write a novel
      some time."
      englishnews@... / Apr. 25, 2012 12:39 KST


      http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2012/04/25/2012042501410.html
    • Sunny Jo
      Korean Adoptee Is Top Advisor to French Presidential Hopeful French presidential candidate François Hollande, who emerged as the frontrunner in the first
      Message 2 of 2 , May 18, 2012
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        Korean Adoptee Is Top Advisor to French Presidential Hopeful

        French presidential candidate François Hollande, who emerged as the
        frontrunner in the first round of the vote, was captured on camera
        meeting with key advisers including a sharply-dressed Asian woman.
        Fleur Pellerin (39), whose Korean name is Kim Jong-sook, is the
        digital economy advisor for Hollande and a key confidante of the
        candidate. French media have singled her out as a top candidate for a
        Cabinet post if the Socialist Party candidate wins.

        Pellerin was born in Seoul in 1973. She was found in the streets when
        she was just three or four days old and sent to an orphanage. Six
        months later she was adopted by a family in France. Her younger sister
        is also a Korean adoptee.

        Her father was a technician who ran a small business, and her mother,
        who did not have much of an education, wanted her adopted daughter to
        succeed academically. "I studied very hard," Pellerin said. She passed
        her baccalaureate -- the equivalent to a high school diploma -- when
        she was just 16, two years sooner than most, and graduated from the
        prestigious ESSEC business school, Institut d'études politiques de
        Paris and École nationale d'administration.

        While working for the state audit agency in 2002, she joined the
        Socialist Party as a speech writer. "I went into politics because I
        want to reform the inequalities caused by inheritance and social
        status," Pellerin said.

        She said her past was both a source of pain and inspiration for her.
        "I was saddened by the knowledge that I had been abandoned, but I also
        realized that important things also happen by chance," like being
        adopted and finding a new family, she said. "That realization saved me
        from becoming obsessed with power and success."

        She has one daughter from her first marriage and is now married to a
        civil servant. Pellerin said she never visited Korea. "It's too bad I
        don't have any Korean friends," she said. "I'm amazed by the economic
        and social development Korea has achieved and want to visit the
        country if I get the chance."

        Asked about her long-term plans she said, "I'm not the kind of person
        who worries about the distant future, but I'd like to write a novel
        some time."
        englishnews@... / Apr. 25, 2012 12:39 KST

        http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2012/04/25/2012042501410.html
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