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French politician Harlem Desir to become first black man to lead Socialists in Europe

London, Sept 14 (ANI): French politician Harlem Desir is set to become the first black man to lead a major European political party.

Desir, 52, was named as the official choice of the hierarchy of the French Socialist party to replace Martine Aubry as its ‘national leader’.

Desir’s nomination, which was announced in a statement by Aubry and Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, sparked scathing reactions from opposition parties, the Daily Mail reports.

According to the report, the far-right National Front led the charge, calling Desir an ‘ex-convict’.

Desir was fined and given an 18-month suspended jail term in 1998 for taking an illicit payment from an organisation that provided immigrants with professional training. (ANI)